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Posted on: March 29, 2019

Water Department’s 2019 Projects Scheduled, Switch to Summer Work Hours April 1

The City of Pocatello’s Water Department has announced its list of projects for the 2019 construction season.


During the year, staff are scheduled to replace roughly 2 miles of water main lines along Fir Street, Hemlock Street, Cherry Street, Dahl Avenue, Hubbard Avenue, El Rancho Boulevard, Spaulding Lane, South Lincoln Avenue, West Center Street, and in Hawthorne Park. 


“Staff look at a host of factors when selecting an area for replacement,” stated Justin Armstrong, Water Superintendent. “Those factors include condition, age, serviceability, impact of a potential failure, and necessity to meet fire-flow as well as future demands on the system.”


In addition to the main line projects, crews will also continue work on their ongoing efforts including street patching from water line damage during the winter, meter replacement, meter box repairs, maintenance of valves and hydrants, and more. 


Monday, April 1, crews will make the switch to working between the hours of 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The shift in working hours allows the crews to take advantage of longer daylight hours and times of low traffic volume as well as improve efficiencies at the construction sites. Emergency personnel are available after hours to respond to service calls or emergencies. They can be reached at 208-234-6181. 


The City of Pocatello Water Department serves over 17,000 customers within the city limits and in portions of Bannock County. Water Department personnel are responsible for operating and maintaining 278 miles of water pipe ranging in size from ½-inch diameter water services to 30-inch diameter water mains. Staff operate and maintain 21 water supply wells, 16 water storage tanks, 12 booster pumping stations and 47 pressure reducing valves. These facilities are located throughout the department service area and supply over 5.5 billion gallons of water per year to customers.


For more information on the City of Pocatello Water Department, visit pocatello.us/water.


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