Pipe break on Highline is repaired

Water is again flowing into the Government Highline Canal in north Grand Junction.

The canal was emptied to allow workers to fix damage caused by a pipe break Monday afternoon underneath the canal near 25 Road. Repairs also had to be made to the canal near 26 1/2 Road after heavy rains Monday night pounded the desert, and the resulting sheets of water flowing south into the canal damaged the north side of the canal bank.

Repairs in both spots were completed Friday. Highline Canal maintenance agency Grand Valley Water Users Association began refilling the canal immediately. Filling the canal and getting water through pipes and ditches that feed irrigation users in northern Grand Junction could take up to three days, Association Manager Dick Proctor said.

“These pipelines, it takes time to fill them,” Proctor said. “We have to fill slowly to get air bubbles out of them and not have air locks.”

The canal feeds irrigation users within Grand Valley Water Users Association boundaries as well as Orchard Mesa, Palisade and unincorporated Mesa County irrigation association boundaries.

Palisade and Mesa County irrigation users have priority over Grand Valley users, Proctor said, and those people may be able to use irrigation as soon as today or late Sunday. Proctor said water has been placed in Stubb Ditch, which serves Mesa County irrigation users, and Price Ditch, which serves irrigation users in Palisade, and it takes a day or two for water to get from those ditches into every irrigation pipe needed to serve customers in those areas.


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