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City contracts for water pipe repairs to decrease leakage


May 2, 2017

TWO MAPS provide information about the city’s water system. The document on the left shows where leaks have been repaired, while the document on the right shows the age of the city’s waterlines. Lines in the west end of town tend to be older, some more than 60 years old. The maps are available for inspection at City Hall.

The Sweet Home City Council last week approved a $170,000 contract to replace waterlines on Grape Street and Grape Loop off 18th Avenue.

The contract went to ML Houck Construction Co. of Salem, the low bidder. Seven qualified contractors bid on the project. Funding for the projects comes from the city’s Water Depreciation Capital Fund; the project is part of the city’s 2016-17 budget.

The project will replace 1,350 feet of 2-inch waterlines with 6-inch lines. The project area includes 22 customers.

The city has a number of older small-diameter waterlines that are increasingly failin...

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