Water Main Replacement Update

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Since Rocky is currently on “restricted activity”, we aren’t taking as long of walks as we were before, so we’re seeing less of the digging and pipe placement as we were before the Christmas break.

However, everything I do see makes me think it won’t be long before they do switch over the pipes.

Several times I’ve driven by someplace where the old and new hydrants are near to each other, and have seen them connected to each other with a fire hose. I’ve also seen water pouring out of various hydrants as workers stood around and watched. Other times, I saw water pouring out of a small wooden box. Both make me think that they’ve been doing pressure tests or leak tests on the new pipes. The new hydrants no longer have the white plate under the side nozzle, which I assumed was meant for any fire fighters to know it wasn’t a working hydrant. Which makes me hope the hydrants are actually working now.

Also, they’ve been digging up spots on the streets where they’ve previously laid the pipe. I’m guessing that they’re doing the final connections, and getting rid of the PVC pipes that they were using as markers (the ones that were still there, and hadn’t been knocked down or otherwise gotten rid of).

Recently I figured out that the construction equipment and pipes I saw in a fenced vacant lot near us was related to the water main replacement. I should have figured it out earlier, of course, but I hardly looked at it when we drove or walked by. It wasn’t until I realized that the six-foot orange pipes I saw lying horizontally had black caps at one end that I knew I was looking at fire hydrants, and then made sense of the rest of it.

If they are going through and connecting the houses to the pipes, then they probably will reach our street today or tomorrow.

I’ll let you know.

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More Water Main Repairs

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The work on the water mains continues.

Today they dug a trench across the road at the bottom of the hill. This meant that I had to take an alternate route to get home again this afternoon. If it goes like the other places where they’ve dug up the road, it’s probably already mostly filled in, with a couple of metal plates across the road to drive over. Then in a couple of days, they’ll put the last couple inches of asphalt on top of the rough concrete.

We have been wondering what all this digging has done to the automatic sprinkler system of the house on the corner. Many a time we’ve gone past that house and seen the sprinkler running (sometimes in the rain). Obviously they care more about their lawn than we do about ours.

We have been wondering when the switch-over to the new water pipes is going to happen. I understand them wanting to switch over a large area at once. But we have no idea what constitutes large.

I think I mentioned before about when they first finished digging up in front of our house, they sprayed it with a green spray that was supposed to be quick-growing grass seed. It really rained, a gully washer, a couple of days after they did that, and washed away all the grass seed. They sprayed again a couple of days ago, over all the leaves in the drainage ditch. The first guy was really careful about where he sprayed, with very little that went outside of the intended area. The second one sprayed everything.

There is green halfway across the road. There is green halfway up the trees. The new hydrants are green instead of red-orange. The few mailboxes on that side of the road are covered with the stuff. I know it’ll all wash off in the next rain, but I’m still wondering, “What was he thinking?”