Minneapolis broken water main was installed in 1891
MINNEAPOLIS - This week the city of Minneapolis released a photo of the broken water main pipe that dumped 14 million gallons of water into city streets. The pipe was placed in 1891.
"Some of the infrastructure in Minneapolis dates back to the Civil War," says Greg Brick, a geologist at the U of M and author of Subterranean Twin Cities, a book about the caves, tunnels, and utility lines underground.
Using old pipes are nothing new to major cities. Water lines that are over 100 years old are fairly common and inspected regularly.