According to NorthJersey.com:

The water commission responded to 100 water main breaks during January and February, which the agency says shattered the record set last year, when 86 lines burst during the first two months of the year.

The deep freeze once again wreaked havoc on the aging infrastructure, splitting pipes and sending overtime costs skyward.

Bella estimated that each rupture costs $5,000 to repair in parts and labor. At that rate, the 100 broken water mains cost ratepayers about $500,000 to fix — and winter isn’t quite over.

Agency records show that the water utility expended more than 1,900 hours in overtime each for January and February, most of it for maintenance, which includes water main repair.

The commission operates one of the oldest water systems in the country, with many pipes still in use after being laid in the ground 100 years ago.