Collapsed pipeline operational again

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

WASHINGTON COUNTY – A segment of pipeline used by the Washington County Water Conservancy District that collapsed Tuesday is operational  again.

The pipe has been re-pressurized and is functional, WCWCD public information manager Karry Rathje said.

“It’s functional, just warped,” she said.

Around 120 feet of the 72-inch steel pipeline, located near the Pah Tempe-LaVerkin hot spring, depressurized and collapsed in on itself, water district officials reported Tuesday. Initial indications point to a frozen air valve being the possible cause of the collapse. The pipeline itself is used to collect water for replenishing area reservoirs.

The collapsed line took shape again as it was filled and re-re-pressurized Wednesday, Rathje said. However, the overall structure has been compromised and will need to be replaced, she said.

There currently is no time table or cost estimate attached to the replacement of the pipeline, as plans and specifications sent to local and national suppliers have yet to be evaluated by the water district.

Delivery of water to area cities was uninterrupted while the pipeline was shutdown down.

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

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