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Dec 6, 2011 7:57 PM by Matt Stafford

Despite the cold the work goes on

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.

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