Water Main Replacement


The last few months, they’ve been working on replacing all the water mains in our area. Though this no doubt is needed, and hopefully will cut down on all the water leaks we’ve been having the past few years (it seems like every week last winter when I was out walking our dog, we’d come across at least one leak), but right at the moment, it is leaving things rather a mess.

My husband has spoken to the workers a couple of times (well, so have I, but when we speak it’s more along the lines of what a lovely dog we have) and apparently they’re not digging up the old pipes, they’re just putting down new pipes, and when they’ve got the whole area re-piped, they’ll just switch it over all at once. I can see how that’d be easier, and should cut down on the time that we’re without water.

At the moment, though, there is mud all over the place. They did our street last week, now they’re working on the main road, and a couple of other streets. There’s really no place I can walk the dog and be sure that we won’t have the mud. The streets are just a smidgen narrower now, because they dug up the edge of it to put the pipes down. The drainage ditches are really eroding because they just put down quick-growing grass when they reformed them. I’m not sure how much grass they really expected to grow in November, but the rains came pouring down much quicker than the seeds could have rooted anyway.

It has been interesting seeing them work, though. Also seeing what pipes they were putting down. On our street, they’re putting down blue metal pipes, about 8 inches in diameter. Other places they’re putting down bunches of orange PVC pipes, most of them with a blue stripe down one side. I don’t know how they decided what to put where. For the orange PVC pipes, they apparently don’t need to dig a big trench like they did with the blue metal pipes, just big holes every so often, and punch the pipes through, with them sticking out both ends of it until they go in and connect them together.
Another advantage, besides hopefully less leaks, of replacing the water mains is that it allowed them to put in hydrants. There used to be no hydrants on our street. Now there are three. Of course, they don’t have water in them yet, but that should come soon.
I hope they finish with our area soon, so that things will be back to normal.