Why are there so many water main breaks occurring?

The City currently has one of its two water towers offline to perform maintenance on the interior of the bowl. This has created a shift in the pressure pattern for the City's water system and is causing fluctuations in pressure. That combined with 80–100-year-old pipe exploits weaknesses in the pipes and is causing breaks.

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1. Will my water bill be higher due to water main breaks?
2. Why is maintenance of the 12th Avenue water storage tank necessary at this time?
3. What did the water model show would happen with tower offline?
4. Why are there so many water main breaks occurring?
5. What projects are scheduled to improve the city waterline system?
6. Why is it necessary to work on the 12th Avenue water tower now?
7. Why are fire hydrants allowed to be open for extended period of time?
8. How does water move through the city?
9. Is there the water contaminated after a water main break?
10. What is the difference between a Water Watch and a Water Warning?
11. Why is the Splash Pad open in a Water Watch?
12. What is the difference between city, county, and school district taxes and what they fund?