Moose Jaw, SK – Planned replacement of water main pipe on the 1300 block of 1st Avenue NW is not necessary after crews discovered PVC pipe already in place.
First Avenue NW from Caribou St. to Laurier St. was one of seven scheduled locations for the 2022 Water Main Replacement Program, which sees ageing, crumbling cast iron pipe replaced with brand-new, PVC pipe.
Upon excavation on the 1300 block, existing PVC water main pipe was discovered, contradicting existing City records.
“Record-keeping was not as comprehensive as it should have been for several decades,” said Jim Puffalt, City Manager. “We often find something unexpected when we excavate and, in this case, it was a pleasant surprise. Our crews were able to make necessary repairs to a valve and are in the process of finishing a complete mill and pave with new asphalt, which is all covered under the existing contract. We don’t yet have a figure, but the City will realize cost savings that will be used for future replacements.”
The City will continue to expand road assessments and use all available tools to confirm underground infrastructure when finalizing locations for future water main replacement.