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City authorizes sewer line repairs on Garnet Mesa

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The Delta City Council has awarded a bid for an unanticipated sewer line replacement project. Steve Glammeyer, utilities and public works director, said utility crews have been using a sewer camera to assess sewer lines in the community. The camera helps crews prioritize replacement of sewer lines that might be found to be dilapidated or in need of repair. Each year the city budgets for approximately four blocks worth of sewer lines to be replaced or repaired.

During routine camera inspection of sewer lines on Garnet Mesa, crews located two sewer lines requiring immediate replacement. The first location, the alley between 4th Street and 5th Street from Grand Boulevard to Mesa Street, required an emergency repair during the summer to address immediate sewer backup concerns. The remaining sewer line contains broken, cracked and separated joints along its length. Along Grand Boulevard from 3rd Street to 5th Street, the tile is beginning to crack and fall in on itself, allowing the infiltration of groundwater into the sewer system.

Glammeyer said crews had planned to tackle this project in the spring, but now recognize the line should be replaced as soon as possible. Unexpended funds remain in the 2016 budget to cover the cost.

The low bid of $79,064.90 was submitted by Wells Excavating and Farming. Glammeyer said Wells will start on the project as soon as contracts are finalized; there is a good chance they will be done before Christmas.

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