Water Main Break – Pennsylvania Ave.


Water Services Division was called in at 2:00 a.m. this morning for water coming up from street on Pennsylvania Dr. just past Hammer Drive. To stop the water that was roaring up from roadway so two 8″ gate valves were isolated and no water services were affected from shut down.

Due to road material displaced by the force of the water leak, small traffic zone to divert traffic was created around the weak area of the roadway.

Crews will be working on this line. Update will follow.

As stated in the past the City’s aging infrastructure is in critical need. Over half of the City’s water pipes are over 50 years old and are coming to the end of their expected lifespan. Our goal is to increase water main replacement to a rate of 2 to 3 miles per year to minimize breaks, service disruptions, and water loss. Recent rate increases have funded water main replacement at a rate of 1 mile per year. Increasing our replacement rate to 2 to 3 miles per year would allow us to catch up with our aging infrastructure in 10 years as opposed to managing 30 years of costly breaks and leaks. The cost to maintain our pipes and wells continues to rise as the cost of materials and electricity increase.

Replacing water mains costs about $750,000 per mile. Additionally, our water revenue decreases during a drought, even though our water system must keep working 24-hours a day. Over half of the City’s water line pipes are over 50 years old. One main break can lead to 1-2 million gallons of water loss! Stars indicate water line breaks throughout the City over the past several years. The City is pursuing grants to help with these costs. It will take more than just grants to keep up with this serious infrastructure need. You can read our “Investing in Our Water System” by clicking here.

For further information call Steve Hernandez, Water Operations Supervisor at 768-3194.


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