Waterline breaks again in north GJ

A large Ute Water Conservancy District service line that broke last month in northern Grand Junction ruptured a second time early Tuesday, once again leaving hundreds of homes without water and canceling classes at Holy Family Catholic School.

The line breach occurred around 6:30 a.m. on 26 1/2 Road near G Road and was discovered by a treatment plant employee who noticed a surge in water usage in the area, Ute Water spokesman Joe Burtard said.

Crews replaced a 20-foot section of the line and restored water service to the neighborhood by 5 p.m.

The break in the 18-inch concrete line occurred about a half-mile south of one that happened Jan. 12. In both incidents, more than 400 homes were without water for hours, and Holy Family students were sent home for the day.

The line, which was installed in the 1960s, was due to be replaced in 2014. Given the pair of breaches, officials are trying to move up the project to an earlier date, Burtard said.

“I think it’s important that everybody know we are actively and aggressively replacing the aging infrastructure,” he said. “This is definitely in our vision of replacement.”

Burtard said the replacement isn’t something that can be completed quickly and easily.

“We’re looking at a major construction project; 26 1/2 Road would have to be shut down. There are a lot of people who would be affected. It’s not just something we can do overnight,” he said.


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