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Severe winter impacts costs

Rochester, N.Y. - Municipalities across the nation have been impacted by the pricey cost of winter, but the City of Rochester has not felt a serious impact on its budget so far this season.

According to an environmental services representative, the plow driver budget is the only cost on the rise.

Its labor intensive, the guys and gals are out there in the elements repairing these mains and that's the biggest thing, said Norman Jones, a city employee. But theres been nothing unusual so far in regards to the actual severity of events.

Jones said the severe cold puts stress on pipes, resulting in ruptures. There are typically 60 pipe bursts a years. This winter there have been 43, which is on pace for Rochester.

On the other hand, the Monroe County Water Authority has experienced a huge increase in problems.

Each winter there are an average of 87 water main breaks. Already this winter there have been 136 water main breaks.

The water main breaks are attributed to the cold pushing frost down further into the ground which causes stress on the pipes.

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Washington Times