The mayor of Syracuse has told the U.S. Senate public works committee that the city is averaging more than one water main break a day because many of the pipes were installed more than a century ago.
The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports that Mayor Stephanie Miner included the information in written testimony she submitted Thursday to the committee that's considering the reauthorization of a multi-billion-dollar measure to help maintain and rebuild transportation infrastructure.
Miner says Syracuse's is in the midst of an "infrastructure crisis." She says the city has recorded 155 water main breaks so far this year, compared to 354 in all of 2013.
The mayor has firsthand knowledge of the problem. In late January, she called in a water main break after spotting water gushing down a street while driving home from her office.