Winterization

  • The winter that won't be forgotten Posted 02/14/2014

    Going without It's easy to take it for granted – turn on the tap, out comes water. But for dozens of people in Madison, the water has stopped. "You can't flush the toilets, you can't wash the dishes, you can't wash clothes...brush your teeth, take a shower, all those things," says Ken Bavery, who lives on a cul-de-sac on Madison's east side. Read more »
  • Why all the main breaks? Posted 01/08/2014

    Aging infrastructure meets extreme weather It's 1:00 a.m. on a brutally cold Monday morning, and the call comes in – a six-inch wide water main has ruptured beneath East Badger Road. It's the first of 8 main break calls that will push Madison Water Utility crews to work back-to-back shifts for the next 24 hours. Read more »
  • Frozen on the inside: Indoor flooding season is here Posted 12/05/2013

      "I can't believe how much water is in this house!" They're known among Madison Water Utility inspectors simply as "flooded houses" – homes with collapsed ceilings and peeling drywall, water pouring out from under doors, thick ice on the insides of windows. Water Utility service inspector Mark Ertel recalls a case one winter that started with a call about a water main break. Read more »