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Duluth residents asked to conserve water while pipes are repaired

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Residents of Duluth are being asked to postpone doing their laundry, running the dishwasher or watering their lawns for the next few days, as some repairs are underway on the city's water mains.

The city's Public Works Department said in a news release Tuesday that crews are working to repair several water main breaks, and also doing some maintenance work on a water transmission line which is a main feeder that serves all areas in the city.

City Council member Howie Hanson wrote on his blog that three separate water mains ruptured overnight and city crews are working to repair them.

The city is asking residents not to use appliances that need a lot of water, such as washing machines, dishwashers and hot tubs until the repairs are complete, which will probably be Thursday night, according to the Duluth News Tribune. Residents are also being asked to postpone watering their lawns until then.

Water service won't be turned off, according to city officials, but they say the system could be strained if people use too much water while the repairs are going on.

Just a few weeks ago, another water main broke in the city's Lakeside neighborhood.

The city of Duluth has a long list of public works projects underway this summer, including a water main replacement project on East 4th Street. A number of streets are being repaired as well. The Northland News Center has a summary of the projects here.

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