Water System Upgrades in Oct. Will Cause Major Outages

Water infrastructure repairs and parts replacement will affect water pressure and cause limited water outages between October 2nd and 12th, weather permitting.  Important water distribution system parts are being replaced as part of an overall water infrastructure upgrade program.

October 2, 2012, from approx. 6:30AM to 3:00PM:  Public Works employees will be conducting a test run to determine the effects of isolating the Bridge St. PRV (pressure release valve) in anticipation of replacing that PRV later in the month.  At this time, Public Works employees will be monitoring the water pressure and availability to prepare for worst case scenarios during replacement of the PRV.  This test will have major impacts on water availability that day.  The North side of Nederland (North from 4th St.) will be relying solely on tank storage during this test period.  In advance of this test, residents are encouraged to fill up bathtubs and have extra water containers for personal hygiene, cooking, and flushing toilets. Please conserve water during this test period — do not fill up hot tubs, do laundry, water lawns, etc.   A few households on East Fourth St. will be completely without water during this time; those households will receive a special notice of this circumstance.  Some other residents, particularly those at higher elevations, may also be without water, but this will not be known until the tests are done.  Water availability will be restored to normal for everyone on October 3rd.

October 3, 2012, from approx. 6:30AM to 3:00PM:  Public Works employees will be testing measures to re-distribute water during PRV replacement if needed.  Water pressures will likely be affected during these tests, but ample water supplies will be available.

October 10, 2012, from approx. 6:30AM until October 12, 2012 at approx. 3:00PM:  The Bridge St. PRV will be replaced during this period.  Water availability and pressure will be affected all over Town.  More information concerning which neighborhoods will be most affected will likely be available following the tests on October 2nd, so please re-visit this page at that time.  In advance of this period, residents are encouraged to fill up bathtubs and have extra water containers for personal hygiene, cooking, and flushing toilets. Water conservation during this time is crucial — do not fill up hot tubs, do laundry, water lawns, etc.  A few households on East Fourth St. will be completely without water during this time; those households will receive a special notice of this circumstance.   Some other residents, particularly those at higher elevations, may also be without water, but this will not be known until the October 2nd tests are done.

During both these events, water could be brown or milky in appearance.  The brown color could come from 5-years’ worth of sediment being flushed through; the milky color would be air bubbles if the pressure becomes high enough.  Both are safe to drink and use, although unappealing in appearance.  The water is thoroughly disinfected.

This infrastructure upgrade is planned to address some of the chronic water pressure problems experienced by residents.  Based on the results of this replacement, the Town tentatively plans to replace the other existing PRV in Town in order to provide a more consistent and reliable water supply.

Please watch our webpage (http://nederlandco.org/2012/09/notice-water-system-upgrades-in-oct-will-cause-major-outages/), our Facebook page (Nederland Colorado Town Hall) or our Twitter feed (@townofned) for updates.

The Town of Nederland apologizes for this inconvenience.  Infrastructure upgrades are common with aging systems; these upgrades will serve all of us for many years to come.  Please spread the word to your neighbors!

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