Bursting Pipe on the main line

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) Cheyenne is dealing with aging underground pipes. The question now is, can these 80 year old pipes keep up with the changing demands?

Over the last week in the Capital City, there has been 3 water main breaks around town. When these pipes burst it's not cheap.

"This fiscal year we have 3.25 miles in water and 2.75 miles in sewer rehabilitation projects, that are already in our budget, and each of these cost around $1.2 million per mile," Board of Public Utilities Public Relations Coordinator Dena Eganhoff said.

As residents look forward to the water system updates, BOPU (Water and Sewer) says it feels the responsibility to act in a timely manner.

"What can the people of Cheyenne look forward to when it comes to these projects? I think you have to look forward to that we are doing something, we're being progressive, we're trying to get ahead of the game as much as possible," Board of Public Utilities Public Relations Coordinator Dena Eganhoff said.

The government agency says mother nature is to blame for many of the main breaks we experience. The freezing and thawing of our soil creates the potential for the pipes to break.

While there's really no way to predict when the next pipes may burst, BOPU has a on call crew of technicians available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.