50 water main breaks reported across Milwaukee

CREATED May 19, 2014 - UPDATED: May 19, 2014

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MILWAUKEE -- Pipes are bursting all over the city of Milwaukee, and crews are scrambling to make repairs. There has been 50 water main breaks since Saturday.

Walter Tipton has seen a few of them on his morning walk.

"The water was really pumping up. It was really shooting up out of the ground," he said.

Forty-one water main breaks have been fixed. Crews are working on fixing the nine remaining breaks.

It started after one of two of the city's water pumping stations was shut down because of a leak. That left just one plant to feed water to nearly a million people. Officials said that's what overloaded the system.

"Things like this happen when you have a city as old as ours, with an aging system," said DPW Commissioner Ghassan Korban."The situation like this will always happen."

Fast-flowing water and cracked pavement have some parents worried about their young kids.

"They might fall in, be curious, want to touch it, get sick, get contaminated, you know what i mean?" said resident Tameka Franklin.  

Others, like Tipton, are scared their water was contaminated.

"I do drink water from the faucet. I was concerned, after yesterday, about that fact," he aid.

Korban assures everyone the water is safe. He expects all the water main breaks to be fixed by the middle of this week.

As for the pump station, it's too early to say when it will be fixed.