Protecting the Pipes Here in Elmira

- ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM-TV)- After a water main break in Los Angeles earlier this week causes millions of dollars in damage -- we take a look at the water infrastructure here in Elmira.

After the 93 year old pipe burst in Los Angeles we here at 18 news got to thinking how old are the Elmira City water pipes and what we learned may surprise you.

The Elmira Water Board maintains more than 200 miles of pipes throughout the city and the surrounding areas. The oldest of the pipes date back all the way to the mid 1800s and the newest pipe was replaced last Sunday.
But when it comes to breakage the water board general manager believes the pipes are holding up well.

Mark LaDouce said, “We have had sometimes a couple dozen breaks per year and that is the usual amount."

The pipes which run throughout the city are made of cast iron; a material with a long life and considered very durable. The crew is constantly inspecting the pipes with their Ongoing Leak Protection and Frequent Placement Program. The crews will test the pipes, check the water quality, and then replace the iron when and where possible.

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