Water Break Season: Dry weather means pipeline concerns for homeowners

HARLINGEN — As a homeowner, there can be few sights as disheartening as watching a plumber or water works employee trudging across your yard with a shovel over his shoulder.

Because that means you’ve got a problem. A big, wet, messy and potentially expensive problem.

Waterline breaks are common during the annual summer dry spell in the Rio Grande Valley, and this year, alas, is no exception.

Most of us are concerned about the effects of the dry weather on the grassy surface of the yard.

But deep beneath that, powerful surges are expanding and contracting, putting the pressure on underground pipes.

“The soil shrinks, creating stress on the pipeline,” said Nilda Sanchez, administrative assistant and spokesperson for the Harlingen Water Works System.

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