ALIQUIPPA (KDKA) — It doesn’t matter where you live, when a water line freezes, defrosts and refreezes a break can happen at any moment.

That was the case for more than 1,000 Municipal Water Authority of Aliquippa customers Friday and Saturday.

A broken water main near Tyler Street sent gallons out into the road.

Lou Pietrandrea who lost his water said, “It’s a little bit of an inconvenience but you tend to know in this kind of weather this happened before. When you live in a city with older lines, we have occasional interruptions.”

As tolerant customers wait patiently for crews to repair mother nature’s wrath to the pipes, Saturday residents gathered at area water buffaloes to stock up on gallons for the simple things in life like flushing your toilet.

“Everybody should probably have at least 4 or 5 gallons of bottled water at their home,” Lois Kijowski said. “It’s a lesson to be learned. I guess we’ll all have it.”

Another water line break at the Pines Senior Living Residence kept Mount Lebanon crews busy.

It was a similar story in Bridgeville at the Country Meadows Senior Facility where a water pipe broke there.

Without current forecast, a broken pipe can happen at any moment.

Experts say if you have a faucet near an outside wall on your home to turn the hot and cold lines on just a small amount.

Another simple tip is to open up your cabinets under the sink if your pipes run through. It will allow the warm air to get in.

As of Sunday afternoon, officials said water service was gradually being restored in Raccoon and Potter townships. They have also issued a boil water advisory for both townships for the next 72 hours.

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