Replacing water line

FTLComm - Tisdale - Thursday, May 28, 2009

This project began on Monday (right) with the removal of the pavement and on Tuesday (below) the full excavation was underway.

Though there has been a deliberate plan to work logically across the town replacing the cast iron line that were the orginal installation in the town, frequently that plan has to be altered when some streets begin to develop leaks. About the middle of this block there was a recent water break so it just seemed logical to begin this year's renewal project on this street.

It is likely that a nearby street will be the next one to be done in this season.


Replacing a water line in Tisdale is a bit different than in some other communities because of the clay strata that unlays all of the community. In good digging condition like those right now the clay is at the a good consistency to be removed and then packed back in an orderly a uniform fashion.

In the picture below you can see a packer crushing down the fill so that the street can be levelled off and not be subect to a lot of settling in the next year. Once the new pipe is in place the bed around and just above it is filled with easy to compress gravel before the clay from the street is packed down. This street should be finished and closed up by the end of the working day Friday.

We have been looking down at these projects year after year. I think one of the first stories I did on line replacement was in August of 2000.

Timothy W. Shire

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