Water Distribution crews responded to a water main break around 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11th. The main break occurred on Putnam Street between Minta Lane and G Street. The cause of the break is unknown, but likely attributed to the age of the infrastructure. Responding crew’s first task is to secure the perimeter of the break to protect the public. Next they begin excavation to isolate the broken main line and determine the extent of the repairs. Crews worked diligently well into the evening hours to restore water service to our customers. This water main segment is scheduled to be replaced through the City’s Capital Improvements Program in the coming years.
Customers affected by a main break may experience sediment in their water or air (banging noises) in their plumbing. If this occurs, running water through the highest faucet or the faucet in the backyard usually clears the line. If the problem persists, please contact Public Works and we will send a crew out to resolve the issue.
Public Works “On Call Team” addresses emergencies impacting the public after normal business hours. The emergency response team members are skilled, trained and at the ready to serve our community. The team members have achieved State certification in water distribution and sanitary sewer collection systems. To report an emergency situation on weekends, holidays and after 4 p.m. on weekdays call 925-778-2441. Weekdays 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. call 925-779-6950.
Our sanitary sewer collection systems cleaning crew is currently working on E 18th Street at Hillcrest Avenue and they are doing an outstanding job cleaning over 4,000 feet of sewer pipe each day. Line cleaning is a very important aspect of the work we perform in Collections. It is vital for our crews to clean these lines efficiently and effectively to maintain proper flow throughout the sewer system. These procedures reduce the inconveniences and environmental effects of a sanitary sewer spill to members of our community. This work also reduces FOG (Fats, Oils, and Grease) related issues in the sewer system. A friendly reminder about FOG:
- Scrape and wipe down pot, pans, and work areas prior to washing.
- Dispose of food waste directly into compost bin or trash.
- Do not pour waste oil directly into drain, parking lot or street.
- Do not use emulsifiers or solvents other than dishwashing detergents.
The work on E 18th Street at Hillcrest Avenue will continue over the next few weeks. So when you see the white truck with a big tank and blue hose attached to the front (pictured above) know that your sanitary sewer collection system is being proactively maintained by Public Works crews.
Parks & Landscaping Division
This week Public Works is proud to invite you out to Hansen Park located at Hansen Drive (and Nortonville Way). Hansen Park features barbecue pits, basketball courts, playground structures, vast turf areas and group picnic areas (available on a first come first served basis.) Crews recently applied a fresh coat of paint to the exterior of the restrooms giving it a clean, updated look. We hope to see you out and having fun at Hansen Park soon! We will keep you updated on our progress as we continue preparing our parks for our community’s enjoyment this summer season. If your local park is in need of maintenance or repair, please reach out to the Public Works Department.
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