New water main going in on Vermijo St.
A project to lay a new water main along Vermijo between 26th and 23rd streets began last week and is expected to continue
about another month.
Charles Reese, foreman with Colorado Springs Utilities, said the 8-inch-wide PVC line will supply greater water capacity to homes - as well as to two new fire hydrants that will be installed as part of the project. The line replaces a roughly 80-year-old, 4-inch main made of lead-jointed cast iron. Reese said the stuff is called “Pueblo pitcast” - from the days when steel mills in Pueblo made such pipes.
The work is the start of a two-part city project in that three-block segment this year. Also planned are curb and sidewalk improvements on both sides of the street, funded by the city's Community Development Block Grant Program program.
Reese said the street's residents are getting water service temporarily from one of the old hydrants. Occasional shut-offs will be necessary; residents will be informed in advance, he said.
In addition to the new main, Utilities is installing new copper connections to the property lines to connect with service lines from houses.
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