LENEXA, Kan. — City leaders say heat has caused a large number of water main breaks throughout the metro, and Tuesday morning crews continued to work on repairing a water main break at 86th and Lackman in Lenexa.
This is just one area which kept crews really busy on Monday. In total, Johnson County had 11 water main breaks because of the heat on Monday. That number is expected to increase as the temperature does.
City leaders say it’s common to have a high number of water main breaks when we have extreme heat. The heat cause the ground to shift, breaking the underground pipe. Additionally, water companies pump more water during hot weather, putting even more pressure on the pipes.
On Monday, Kansas City, Mo., had three water main breaks.