EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) _ Officials in Evansville say the city's nearly 300 water main breaks this winter have cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to repair.
The pace of the breaks has slowed with warming temperatures after lows near or below zero numerous days since early January in Evansville.
City utility director Allen Mounts tells the Evansville Courier & Press that the repair costs for overtime, supplies and contractors topped $200,000 through the third week of January. Bills since then are still being tabulated.
WFIE-TV reports the city's had almost 270 water main breaks since Jan. 1, compared with about 95 during the same period last year.
Officials say many breaks have happened in older neighborhoods, where some cast iron pipes dating to the late 1800s remain in use.