‘Playing in the mud’

Rockford DPS quick to fix broken pipes

The news comes right to the front door at The Rockford Squire newspaper. Bright and early Tuesday, July 5, a wet front parking lot dampened any lingering holiday cheer. Water coming up from under the sidewalk area was addressed by crews from the Rockford Department of Public Services (DPS).

The DPS team cut through the road surface and used a backhoe to pry up chunks of the surface. They then dug down in search of the service main suspected of the leak. One DPS staffer said they suspected a service main break instead of a main pipe break, because of the lower volume of water coming from the problem area. He said main breaks often shoot water into the air.

One main break in front of Parkside Elementary School years back caused jets of water to lift the entire surface of the road into the air, he reported.

In mid-afternoon, Advanced Hydrovac brought in a truck and sucker hose to vacuum out the water and mud from the sizeable hole DPS had created. The truck and hose system, called a “mud dog,” allowed the workers to reach the valve cutting off the flow of water to the break.

By the time the newspaper was put together for the night and sent off to the printer, the break had been repaired. According to DPS crews, they stay on the job until repairs are complete. “We like to play in the mud, or we wouldn’t be doing what we are doing,” one crew member said.

 

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