Valhalla well makes more shower power |

Valhalla well makes more shower power

Residents who live west of the “Y” around Gardner Mountain may be enjoying their showers more.

The South Tahoe Public Utility District is almost finished with enlarging water lines that run to the area.

Dennis Cocking, the district’s information officer, said the new line will add 10 pounds per square inch of water pressure.

“The increase just makes everybody’s showers feel a little bit better and sprinklers pump a little more,” Cocking said.

By law, the district has to provide no less than 55 pounds per square inch; however Cocking said the district usually keeps the pressure around 75 to 80 pounds per square inch.

The line replacement is one of many capital improvement projects for which the district allocated a little more than $1 million this year.

The larger lines were necessary to accommodate the increased water flow capabilities of a new well in Valhalla.

Cocking said the old lines could only handle 400 gallons of water per minute, a fraction of the 1,250 gallons per minute the Valhalla well can pump.

Valhalla is the first new well constructed since the district lost 12 wells to MTBE contamination four years ago.

“The Valhalla well really helps the entire system,” Cocking said. “A good portion of MTBE wells were in the South ‘Y’ area.”

After the MTBE wells were shut down, the district had to pull water from the Stateline area.

The Gardner Mountain line is scheduled to be complete by Monday. Cocking said the district will dedicate the new well sometime next week and flip the switch to increase pumping volumes.

Pipe under Elfs Lane in Christmas Valley is also being replaced.

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