High water pressure causes string of water main breaks in Westminster

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WESTMINSTER, Colo. -- Westminster Public Works crews responded to big water main breaks during a two-week time span recently that were apparently caused by the same problem.

Water main breaks happened at 78th Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard, 92nd Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard and 120th Avenue and Pecos Street.

There were others as well.

"These breaks seem to be all within the same pressure zone so you begin to see there was something different going on," Westminster director of Public Works and Utilities Max Kirschbaum said.

The leaks were happening on potable water pipes ranging from 8 to 24 inches in diameter. Faulty valves were ruled out fairly quickly.

Water pressure from the purification plant heading to the water storage tanks was too high.

That explanation was little comfort to those at The Wave car wash  in Westminster. They said they had to close shop because the water went away at 10:30 a.m. on a hot Friday.

The Wave had the water back the next day and it was able to resume business as usual.

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