Water main repaired on Denver
By Robin Scott
The Dalhart Water Department diligently began repairs to a broken water main on Wednesday at the intersection of Denver and 7th Street. The repairs continued on Thursday, June 18th, and completion is expected before the weekend.
Assistant City Manager James Stroud stated on Thursday that the lines beneath the intersection are several years old. A two-inch water main under the intersection has had several repairs in the past. The city hopes to replace all of the older two-inch lines. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has plans to work on 7th Street and Highway 54, and the city has plans to replace the lines during the time the streets will be under repair by the state. Unfortunately, according to Stroud, the state’s work is on hold at present time.
The leaks in the two-inch line are caused from years of corrosion and age. The city will continue to provide emergency repair services and get the lines up and running as quickly as possible. Not only is the intersection of Denver and 7th Street extremely busy with east-west traffic, but also several businesses are effected when the water must get turned off during the repairs. Any delay in water service is a concern to the Water Department, and getting the line repaired has been a priority.
Recently, the north side water lines were completely overhauled and replaced. The several month project replaced all of the old 8-inch lines with new 12-inch lines. The upgrade has given residents of the north side greater water volume. Any work on water lines that are all underground causes a temporary inconvenience for residents and businesses serviced by the lines. The inconvenience on the north side is well worth the trouble as the area has needed the upgrade for quite a while. Stroud noted that inconvenience caused by emergency repairs as on Denver is always of great concern to the city. When a problem arises the Water Department strives to get repairs done as quickly and efficiently as possible.