Alderman Tony Zielinski encourages 14th District residents to read an update from the Milwaukee Water Works about the water main break on S. Chase Ave. & Rosedale Ave. that occurred Saturday (July 13).
“We received over 600 calls for reduced pressure, water quality, and water in the roadway on Saturday due to the water main break on S. Chase Ave. There was a reduction in pressure when the break occurred that resulted in calls reporting low or no water pressure in the Bay View neighborhood.
When the pressure in the main decreased, MWW Operators responded by turning on an additional pump to increase the pressure within 3 minutes, and pressure levels through the system were restored shortly thereafter. We are reviewing data to evaluate exactly how long it took to get to typical pressure levels.
Specific to lead service lines, MWW recommends flushing household plumbing if affected by a main break repair. During repair, the shaking related to construction may cause lead to be dislodged from the service line. Please follow the instructions below:
1. Remove aerators from the end of every faucet and rinse any particles from them.
2. Start in the basement or lowest level and work your way to the top floor. Fully open each cold water tap and allow the water to run.
3. Run the water for 10 minutes. Start at the top floor and turn off the water at each faucet, finishing in the basement.
4. Re-attach aerators to the faucets. The cost to flush four taps for 10 minutes is about 16 cents.
We also include information on flushing in the Lead -Safe Water Guide distributed regularly in billing inserts and available on our website at https://city.milwaukee.gov/
Constituent questions related to the occurrence may be directed to MWW Customer Service Center at (414) 286-2830 or the 24 hour Control Center, (414) 286-3710.”