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Crews responded to the water main break at Central Fire Station in downtown Davenport.  They have been busy working trying to repair the water main break that happened 24 hours ago.  The fire station is still in operation and Iowa American Water crews hope to have the problem fixed in the next few days.
     
Lisa Risen of Iowa American Water says their crews have been busy responding to calls of breaks across the area.  She says when frost enters the ground it starts to move the metal pipes, which are not flexible and if there is a weak spot the pipe will break.  According to Risen, although water main breaks happen in the winter and spring, they are most common between December through February.  Risen tells TV-6 that Iowa American Water crews are proactive in preventing water main breaks from happening.
      
"We actually sent crews out and they were using leak detection equipment to sound hydrants to see if they can find hidden links that hadn't surfaced. The benefit of doing this is if we can find a leak before it gets larger it will impact less customers," said Risen.        

Iowa American Water crews are proactive by identifying areas where breaks have happened in the past.  They put those areas into their budget for the upcoming year and then they replace the mains over the summer when weather permits.