By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Source: Shawn Gudmundson, Needles City Council Member (Information):
Needles, California: Work on the new Lillyhill Drive bridge replacement water line is to begin on the night of Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020.
The new replacement water line come come a week after a water line rupture occurred underneath the Lillyhill Drive bridge near Interstate 40 on Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 affecting water service and causing other water line leaks in the community.
According to Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson, “This morning City officials, crews and contractors met to create the repair plan to remove the existing 16″ water pipe in the bridge and install the new line the night of Wednesday January 22nd around 8:00 p.m. This will include an estimated 3 hours to drain the line and begin repairs overnight when the water use is at the lowest. Water service will be available throughout the City during the repair hours. A strategic backup plan has been put in place in case we encounter any setbacks and or difficulties.”
Lillyhill Drive from Cibola Street (where D Street meets Lillyhill Drive before the bridge) to Casa Linda Street will remain closed until further notice.
Well this work is happening along the Lillyhill Drive bridge, the City of Needles is advising the community of Needles, California to conserve water.
“Beginning on Tuesday, January 21st thru Friday, January 24th. City of Needles is requesting all water users to reduce water consumption as much as possible. crews are making the permanent repairs to the main on the D Street Bridge. Please defer activities like Car washing, Driveway cleaning, Lawn watering, limit inside uses such as shorter showers, dish and clothes washing. Storage Tanks will be providing the entire city’s water during this repair. Conserve where you can. Thank you,” said Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson.
Drinking water is available during normal business hours at the City of Needles Administration Office located at 817 Third Street in Downtown Needles, California until the repairs are completed.
ZachNews has learned that 22 additional pallets of water has been donated by St. Mary’s Church out of Phoenix, Arizona and will be readily available.
Stay tuned to ZachNews as more news updates with the latest information related to the Lillyhill Drive bridge water line rupture are to come.