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City to spend $85K to replace/add water valves

Submitted by on August 13, 2020 – 12:40 amNo Comment

The city of Alpena will spend $85,500 to add water valves to the utility system, and replace deficient valves.

Valves, which are buried underground, are used to isolate sections of the system during repairs, for example.

But some areas of the system are large and currently require the shutdown of too many valves to isolate a problem. A prime example is along sections of Ripley Boulevard.

During the recent water main break on Ripley, crews needed to close over 30 valves to reduce water loss to an acceptable level so repairs could be completed. That created an extensive shutdown area which disrupted service to over 70 customers including several businesses.

Five of the 16 valves targeted this year are along Ripley and in close proximity to the recent water main break. The new valves will greatly reduce the shutdown area on Ripley if problems crop up in the future.
Those valves will be replaced during the overnight hours to limit the impact on residents, businesses and traffic.

The other 11 valves are scatted about the city. The intent is to have all the valves replaced or added in fall. The five on Ripley are expected to be added before the start of the school year.