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December’s record-setting warmth spared Philadelphia’s pipes and water mains much of the stress that typically comes with long stretches of below-freezing temperatures. The first few days of 2016, however, have made it clear that we aren't going to be skipping over winter after all.
Extreme cold can cause pipes and the ground to expand and contract, and very cold river water can also make water mains more brittle. In part, those factors can help to explain why more than half of Philadelphia’s water main breaks occur during the coldest months in a typical year.
But our more than 3,000 miles of water mains aren’t alone when it comes to feeling the impacts of Old Man Winter.