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City outlines water project plans for 2022

 

April 6, 2022

Scott Swanson

Sweet Home Public Works Director Greg Springman holds corroded pipes that are representative of the condition of sections of the city's water system that are on tap to be replaced. At right is city Utilities Manager Steve Haney.

Greg Springman holds a 4-inch water main that's, well, in rough shape. 

Rust pocks the inside, in large deposits in places. Any coating on the surface is long gone. 

He picks up a 2-inch pipe, the kind that delivers drinking water to residences. It's even worse. 

"This year we have a lot of water projects," said Springman, the city's Public Works director. "Just off the top of our head, we have identified five miles of small-diameter water mains that need replacement. Some of these pipes are more than 80 years old."

That's just the tip of the iceberg for the repairs and upgrades he and h...



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