Posted: Dec 6, 2011 5:57 PM by Matt Stafford
The cold temperatures southern Colorado has been experiencing can be tough on people who work outside in the elements. The water line workers for Colorado Springs Utilities are a tough bunch -- not only dealing with cold weather, but with being wet too!
When things get busy with water line problems -- just like the last few days -- crews can be out working for up to 16 hours. Of course they get breaks; if they get too wet they're given a chance to change clothes, but for the most part they work until the job is done.
"To a fault, our guys are going to get that customer back in service. Kind of like the postman; wind, snow, sleet, rain, hail - we're going to get that customer back in service," says Dan Fields, a water line and wastewater manager for Colorado Springs Utilities.
Fields says one of the biggest locally problems is our climate; having warm weather one week and then it turning cold the next causes big problems for our water lines.