By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Source: City of Needles (Information):
Needles, California: The Needles Public Utility Authority has announced on Friday, October 16th, 2020 the date when final water line repair work along Lillyhill Drive near bridge to D Street will begin.
According to the City of Needles, on Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 the 16″ main transmission line located along Lillyhill Drive just near the bridge to D Street broke and approximately 2,000 water customers were impacted, and flooded eastbound lanes of Interstate 40 below the roadway.
Following the main break, a water “hammer” effect was created at least a dozen additional leaks were reported at the L Street Boost, Chesney Subdivision and the City’s Golf Maintenance Yard.
The NPUA submitted a $350.000 emergency funding request to the Slate Water Resources Control Board for funding for the D Street Bridge repairs.
The repairs include; installation of a new 1,560 feet of 12″ pressurized main transmission line from the well to the reservoirs along East Broadway to serve as an alternate route of water supply from the low zone to the high zone.
An installation of a Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) was also placed on well no. 15 to regulate system pressures to reduce the risk of a future water hammer.
The additional segment and installation of a VFD were completed prior to summer.
The final repairs to the D Street Bridge arc; installation of cathodic protection and an x-ray of the existing 16″ main and apply a polywrap and epoxy paint.
NPUA needed to wait until the summer high use months passed in order to assure that limited reservoir capacity was available during the line repairs.
Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams said that, “The NPUA is pleased to announce the final repairs are scheduled for Monday, October 26th through Thursday. October 29th, 2020 during which the bridge repairs will be done.
Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams further added that, “We are grateful for the patience of our customers during this emergency situation.”
It is recommended that motorists seek alternate routes during this time.