Water workers fight cold, fatigue

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Water main breaks are common at this time of the year and while they are an inconvenience for residents, they take a toll on water department workers.

The workers spend several hours, and sometimes an entire shift, fixing breaks in the extreme cold temperatures. Add in the fact that they also are wet and the combination makes for a  tiring job. The said wearing hats, gloves and layers are very important.

“Bottoms OK. Just the top. The wind goes right through you because you sweat the most up top.  But it is not too bad. Could be better, like summertime,” said Youngstown Water Department worker John Mshar.

Mshar said the cold is only part of the challenge. It is also working the long 12-hour and sometimes even 16-hour days in the freezing cold.

“It takes a toll on you. You get tired. You get used to it sometimes, but you need your sleep,” he said.

The Youngstown Water Department said that about 15 households were without water until Wednesday afternoon when crews were able to repair the break.

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