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Water Line Replacement

The water main construction crew is an in-house crew that replaces approximately two miles of residential water line each year. This program provides high-quality water line replacement service, in conjunction with sensitivity to customer service issues.

Project Areas:

Lowell Boulevard: Crews are replacing 640’ of old deteriorating 6” and 8” water mains with a new 8” PVC water main on Lowell Boulevard from 72nd Avenue to north of the railroad tracks. - Map

  • October 10, 2019 update: Crews are finishing up work at Lowell Boulevard and expect to be complete by the end of next week. Temporary street restoration will be in place before permanent paving is completed within the next month. 

Melody Plaza: Following Lowell Boulevard, crews will replace approximately 625' of old deteriorating 8" water main with a new 8" PVC plastic water main in the Melody Plaza Shopping Center. - Map

  • October 10, 2019 update: Crews will begin work at Melody Plaza during the week of October 14. Nearby properties have been notified door to door with a letter explaining the work and potential impacts. 
Proposed 2019 Water Line Replacement Projects 
  • 71st Place: Replacing approximately 1,265’ of old deteriorating 8” water main line with new 8” PVC plastic main from Lowell Boulevard to Irving Street - Map
  • Zenobia Street: Replacing approximately 1,315’ of old deteriorating 6” and 8” water main line with new 8” PVC plastic main from 80th Avenue to Zenobia Court or 78th Avenue.

Projects may be postponed due to weather and emergency water line replacements.

Construction project outline

1. Existing utilities in the street (such as gas and electric mains) will need to be identified. This is done through a utility locate service. The service identifies different utilities with different colored marks on the street and right of way. See a photo example.

2. A contractor will rotomill a 36-inch trench in the street where the water main is to be installed and PVC pipe will be laid out in the gutter line until it is installed. See a photo example.

3. A bacteria test and pressure test will be conducted on the new main. This is done to ensure the water is safe and there are no leaks. During this process you will notice water being flushed from a fire hydrant or 2-inch blow-off pipe.

4. After the bacteria and pressure tests are complete, workers will connect the individual home services to the main. The new main will be connected to existing water mains. (This means crews will be excavating areas where they have already been working.)

5. The old main, valves and fire hydrants will be removed or left in place and the trench will be compacted to assure no settling.

6. NOTE: During this entire project, your water may be turned off at different times throughout the day. Crews will attempt to notify residents prior to any water shut-offs. In the event of an emergency, the water could be turned off immediately without notification.