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Municipal crews scramble as water-main breaks erupt throughout Syracuse

115 water-main breaks and counting – the Syracuse Water Department has been busy making repairs all around the city this year.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - 115 water-main breaks and counting – the Syracuse Water Department has been busy making repairs all around the city this year.

Mayor Stephanie Miner has asked Governor Cuomo for $2 million to help with the city’s aging water system as water-main breaks become a more-and-more routine part of every day life.

Almost every day, crews in Syracuse are chasing breaks in the underground water system all over the city.

And fixing the breaks can be complicated and time consuming for city work crews.

They have to be delicate when they use a backhoe in order to avoid striking fiber-optic cables or gas and electric lines.

"Pretty nerve wracking. You don't want to hit anything, you don't want to damage anything, especially for safety reasons,” said Syracuse Water Department Foreman Henry Rosado.

Like many urban centers, the city of Syracuse is struggling to deal with an aging water infrastructure.

The city of Syracuse was among the cities cited in a recent New York Times article on aging infrastructures.

“It impacts us as a state, and the state is talking about a $2 billion surplus, if they have that surplus, I want them to understand how important infrastructure is,” Miner said.

Miner says the topic may not be glamorous, but economic development can’t happen if you can’t guarantee the basics – water, police, fire, snow, and garbage removal.

The mayor sent a letter to Gov. Cuomo asking for assistance. Congressman Dan Maffei was in town this week to discuss the same issue, saying he's working to involve the federal government.

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