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:
- Dispatched field crews to survey the situation and check other valves and pipelines that may also be susceptible to the low temperatures
- 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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