DC Water pipes succumbed to frigid January temps

January’s frigid temperatures wreaked havoc on the District’s water mains, causing three times as many breaks and leaks as in a typical month, DC Water officials said Thursday.

DC Water repaired nearly 90 breaks and 40 leaks — three times the monthly average of about 29, DC Water said.

The utility’s emergency call center handled 11,700 calls in January, a jump from the typical 3,250 calls monthly.

Want tips on how to prepare your home’s pipes for winter or thaw them when they freeze? Click here. (http://www.dcwater.com/education/freezing_pipes.cfm)

Katherine Shaver is a transportation and development reporter. She joined The Washington Post in 1997 and has covered crime, courts, education and local government but most prefers writing about how people get — or don’t get — around the Washington region.

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