Phase One of the $3.7 million Talbert-Sioux Waterline Replacement project has begun outside the Roosa Elementary School and is expected to be completed in 2 – 3 months.
“Basically we’re going from the tower north of the school all the way down to Blue Starr,” City Engineer Garrett Ball said.
The first phase is replacing the water line on Sioux from the water tower to Blue Starr Drive with a 24-inch line.
“We’re hoping that the part there at the school property is finished before school starts,” he said. “There will be a little traffic issue there when school starts, but we’re hoping that we’ll at least be off the school property.”
The second phase includes replacing the water line from the north side of Hillcrest Hospital on Florence heading to Valley Parkway, west of Route 66 off of Blue Star.
“Both of those lines are transmission lines,” he said. “They’re the main feed lines between the water towers.”
Ball said the second phase will kick off as soon as the first phase finishes.
The overall project is expected to take a year.
Ball said there are three water lines on Sioux — two of which are made out of cast iron and were placed in the 1930s or 40s.
Ball said the Talbert line was placed in 1934.
“We’ve had a lot of breaks on that line,” he said. “One of the big breaks we had during the winter storm was on that line.”
Ball asks people for patience as they work on updating the water infrastructure.
“We're working towards a better water distribution system,” he said. “That’s one of our number one goals right now is just getting the water distribution system upgrades, a little more dependable, with better fire-flow and all that kind of stuff.”
This project was awarded to McGuire Brothers Construction in March during a City Council meeting and is being paid with funds from the $10 million 2019 revenue note.