American Water Works Association (AWWA)

Managing Water Main Breaks Field Guide


Although every water utility knows how to repair water main breaks, some utilities are better at managing main breaks to minimize both disruptions to the public and lost consumer confidence in the utility.

How can a water utility “manage” something as unknowable as when and where water main breaks will happen? Can the negative impacts of main breaks be mitigated?

Preparation is vital

Managing Water Main Breaks Field Guide will help water utilities to better prepare for pipeline breaks. Utilities should be proactive, rather than reactive. Becoming proactive will reduce the number of main breaks, as well as the negative impacts to the community.

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