May WaterWorks News: Dayton water projects, Navajo gain clean water, Aqua replacing main, new CCTV tool

May 2010 Vol. 65 No. 5

The San Juan River diversion will occur downstream of Fruitland, just above the Public Service Company of New Mexico diversion structure. The water will be treated to drinking water standards at a treatment plant to be constructed near the diversion and piped along Highway N36 and south along U.S. Highway 491to provide water to the Navajo Indian Irrigation Project, the adjacent Navajo Chapters, and the city of Gallup. Pipelines will also be constructed to provide water to Crownpoint and the adjacent Navajo Chapters and to Window Rock, Fort Defiance, and adjacent Navajo Chapters. The Gallup Regional System will be constructed to distribute water throughout the city and to nearby Navajo Chapters.

On the eastern side, water will be diverted from the Cutter Reservoir, treated at a water treatment plant located near the base of the dam, and piped south along U.S. Highway 550 to provide water to adjacent Navajo Chapters, the Jicarilla Apache Nation, and additional Navajo Chapters south of the highway.

Many of the remote locations to be served, which include sites on the Navajo and Jicarilla reservations, Gallup, Window Rock, Ariz., Fort Defiance, Ariz., and Navajo Agricultural Products Industry, rely on shrinking ground water supplies that are of poor quality and are inadequate to meet future needs.

The authorizing legislation requires completion of construction of all features by Dec. 31, 2024.

Aqua to replace water mains
Aqua Pennsylvania Inc.’s Honesdale, PA, division (Aqua) has begun the $970,000 replacement of approximately 5,750 feet of 4-, 6- and 8-inch leaking cast iron main with new 8-inch ductile iron main on Main, Ridge, Forest, and 18th streets in Honesdale. The new main will increase service reliability and water flow throughout the area.

Once the main is in place, crews will begin to install and connect the new service lines to properties along those streets. The four-month project is scheduled to be completed in July.

“This main replacement is one of several similar projects Aqua will undertake in Honesdale this year to replace a total of 23,000 feet of aged water main, and is part of Aqua’s $11.3 million capital program for the entire operating division. Of that amount, $4.2 million is being invested in the Honesdale water system,” said Aqua’s Honesdale Division Manager Steve Clark. “At a cost $3.8 million, main replacements make up the majority of our capital plan.”