Conn. City Lost 8K Gallons of Water Per Minute
New London could have lost 10M gallons in just one day
By Shelley Hazen, Newser User
Posted Aug 14, 2014 11:18 AM CDT
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(Newser) – A broken water main in New London, Conn., caused the city to lose more water than it uses in a day—about 8,000 gallons a minute, at least when it first started this morning, the Hartford Courant reports. A state of emergency was declared and residents were told to limit water use, as the city lost water at a rate of 10 million gallons per day—it uses 7 million each day. The leak is now 75% contained, NBC reports, though some residents could be without water for one to two days. (Maybe they can borrow some rainwater from Long Island, which saw 13 inches of rain yesterday.)

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Ezekiel 25:17
Aug 16, 2014 3:53 PM CDT
Sandhogs, or water pipe miners have been working deep under New York City to build new mains with new valves so they can some day be able to do maintenance on the 97 year old mains now in use. NYC has the same problem as they can't shut down all water service when a break occurs. But 44 years of digging has helped toward the goal of solving that problem. Did you know that men working on #3 tunnel have had kids, and those kids had kids and those grand kids are working in the tunnel with dad and grandpa. Its exactly like the old mine work.
TomFlores
Aug 15, 2014 2:00 AM CDT
What no shut off Valve and no one knew how to turn off the pumps?!
JERZJOE
Aug 14, 2014 1:34 PM CDT
This does not hold water! On the MATH of how much they lost! There ya go