STPUD to do emergency work |

STPUD to do emergency work

The South Tahoe Public Utility District Board of Directors last week agreed to take “emergency” action to replace a troublesome section of underground pipe that is prone to leaks.

By finding that the situation constituted an emergency, the district is able to forego the usual bidding process for such work and get started right away.

On Aug. 4, a 2-inch plastic pipe on Stevens Lane had a leak. It broke three more times within the next seven days.

“The only thing that held it together was the weight of all the dirt,” said Dennis Cocking, STPUD information officer. “When they dug it up (to make repairs), it just disintegrated.”

About 150 feet of pavement along the edge of the road washed away, and STPUD now plans to replace 700 feet of the line.

The line was likely 30 years old, and STPUD had inherited from a private company it purchased years ago. STPUD officials, after seeing the type of pipe used, were surprised the pipe lasted as long as it did.

Construction likely will begin today and will cost about $63,000.

Because a similar-sized project has been put off until the next fiscal year, the district will use those funds instead of going into its emergency reserves.

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