LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) --- WSSC crews are dealingwith 40 broken water mains in Montgomery and Prince George's counties.

Officials saya typical water main break takes about four to six hours to repair, but it's taking crews more time due to the polar vortex. Crewsare rotating in and out of the cold for their safety.

According to officials, other crews are on patrol for leaks, spreading sand to help minimize icing. Once the larger breaks are fixed the leaks will be repaired, say officials.

Inspectors have confirmedeight new breaks put them on a list to be repaired.

Officials expect Wednesday to be a busy day for crews because while the air temperature may be rising, the cold water in the pipes underground lags behind by several hours.

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