Washington County’s main water pipeline collapses; district urges wise water use

Washington County Water Conservancy District's main pipeline suffered collapse. Located near the La Verkin Hot Springs, LaVerkin, Utah, Dec. 17, 2013 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Water Conservancy District, St. George News

WASHINGTON COUNTY – Representatives from the Washington County Water Conservancy District responded to a pipeline collapse in the district’s main line, Tuesday.

The pipeline is located near the LaVerkin Hot Springs.

The cause for the collapse is still under investigation, the district’s public information manager, Karry Rathje, said in a statement issued Tuesday. Initial indicators lead to a frozen air valve that deregulated pressure.

Approximately 120 feet of 72-inch steel pipeline will need to be replaced, she said, and the district has taken the following immediate action:

  1. Dispatched field crews to survey the situation and check other valves and pipelines that may also be susceptible to the low temperatures
  2. Submitted plans and specifications to local and national suppliers to obtain replacement materials, repair timeframes and estimated repair costs

Water delivery to the district’s various municipal partners will proceed uninterrupted due to storage in the district’s reservoirs. As a result, residents in turn are not expected to experience any interruption in water service. However, the collapsed pipeline prevents the district from collecting water to replenish the reservoirs, Rathje said, so residents are encouraged to use water wisely.

It is too early for the Water Conservancy District to release any repair cost estimates.

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Washington County Water Conservancy District's main pipeline suffered collapse. Located near the La Verkin Hot Springs, LaVerkin, Utah, Dec. 17, 2013 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Water Conservancy District, St. George News
Washington County Water Conservancy District’s main pipeline suffered collapse. Located near the La Verkin Hot Springs, LaVerkin, Utah, Dec. 17, 2013 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Water Conservancy District, St. George News

 

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14 Comments

  • Char December 17, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Karma for taking away the property from Ken.

    • Sagemoon December 18, 2013 at 9:14 am

      I was thinking along those same lines…

  • Real Life December 17, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Wise water use? Not in this town.

  • Troy Riggs December 18, 2013 at 6:29 am

    Riggs Welding Services Inc. Is a local company and would be interested in performing some of the welding operations on this pipeline. Please email more information. Thank you

    • Joyce Kuzmanic Joyce Kuzmanic December 18, 2013 at 7:46 am

      Mr. Riggs, may I suggest you contact the Washington County Water Conservancy District directly? Telephone 435-673-3617
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    • DoubleTap December 18, 2013 at 8:10 am

      Mr. Riggs, good luck with your bid. Soon-to-be-former Mayor McArthur sits on the Water Commissions board. You would be competing with his company McArthur Welding. Good luck in winning the bid.

      • Ice December 18, 2013 at 7:37 pm

        .
        should be no problem…they can’t read specifications or blueprints over there.
        ..imho

  • Veronica Egan December 18, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Hey Washington County; how about responsible water use ALL THE TIME?

  • Rachel December 18, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Am I the only one looking at these pictures and wondering, “How in the world…?” Seriously, its like something sucked it flat…

    • Winter December 18, 2013 at 7:43 pm

      actually, it was sucked flat.
      the mass of the water was trying to evacuate the pipe (for the usual hyrological reasons, I’m sure), but, since air was not readmitted to the vacated space in the pipe, a vacuum was created instead, and atmospheric pressure did the rest.
      We’ve all seen those demonstrations of cans being crushed by the atmosphere when emptied of air.
      Same thing, bigger scale.
      I bet it made quite the noise.

      • DoubleTap December 19, 2013 at 8:53 am

        “sucked flat…” just like Mr. Ron Thompson is sucking at the public taxpayer trough. Is this man head of the Water Conservancy for life?? How is he replaced?? Can anybody answer this please?

  • H2O December 18, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    If the district can not properly maintain and operate a pipeline in their backyard, just how are they competent to build and operate a 200 mile line to Lake Powell?

    • bUB December 18, 2013 at 2:14 pm

      feed them billions of dollars and hope for the best?

  • Kevin December 18, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Once again a fine example of the inadaquite engineering talent in the Washington County Water Consevancy. How many mistakes does it take to get Ron Thompson and his board of facist goons out? They should all be tarred and feathered.

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