Sierra Madre Gives Go-Ahead to Begin Replacing Aging Water Mains

By Palma, Claudia | Pasadena Star-News, October 26, 2015 | Go to article overview

Sierra Madre Gives Go-Ahead to Begin Replacing Aging Water Mains


Palma, Claudia, Pasadena Star-News


After a special meeting last week to discuss water issues in Sierra Madre, the city council agreed it needs to act urgently to begin repairing some of the city's worst water mains after an increasing amount of reported leaks in recent years.

The council didn't vote or enact any measures during the meeting but directed staff with recommendations on projects, code amendments and resolutions to change policy to address the issues affecting the city's water resources.

A staff report from September showed that water system leaks in the city have increased 633% over the same period two years ago. The total leak count from June 1 to Oct. 14 this year was 135, compared to 12 in 2013.

"We've done up to five repairs a day," said public works director Bruce Inman.

The aging infrastructure plays a role in the leaks as several water mains are from the 1930s. But water chemistry is an added factor since the city began importing their water from the Metropolitan Water District in 2013 when its own wells were running dry.

Staff identified the 20 worst water mains in the city's system in need of repairs and replacement. After some discussion, the council agreed to staff's proposed emergency water main replacement program which includes two phases.

The first phase will include repair of three water mains and is estimated to cost $637,700 and phase two includes five mains at an estimated cost of $786, 450 - totaling $1.4 million.

Some mains were chosen because construction plans from 2001 already exist and will speed up the process of repairing or replacing those. …

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