A scheduled repair to a leaking fire hydrant valve at the corner of 8th and Meeker turned into a massive headache for Delta utility crews Monday.
"We scheduled the repair and called for locates," said utilities director Steve Glammeyer.
"But once we started to dig and got to the valve, it blew up, causing a pretty good size hole."
City crews tried unsuccessfully to shut down the water line on Meeker Street. Fire hydrants were opened to allow city crews to monitor the progress of the shutdown, relieve the pressure and drain the water out of the line — but none of that happened, Glammeyer said. The water continued to spill out of the fire hydrants, although none of it was available to homes and businesses along Meeker Street between 5th and 9th.
Late Monday afternoon city crews were able to plug the hole and restore service along Meeker Street.
On Tuesday morning crews came to finish the valve replacement. The main water line again had to be shut down, disrupting service on Meeker Street from 7th to 9th. Glammeyer said his crew would be working through lunch Tuesday in the hopes of having the repairs completed by late Tuesday.blog comments powered by Disqus