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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:

Current Projects
  • DoubleTree by Hilton: Crews are currently working at Yates Street and 88th Avenue replacing an existing 10" ductile iron pipe with a new 10" PVC main - Map
  • Lowell Boulevard: Crews will begin working on Lowell Boulevard on Wednesday, August 14. They will replace approximately 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
Upcoming Projects
  • 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
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.