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Waterline Project Replaces Out-of-Date Pipes

Water DropExcavating crews have begun work on the Elm Street Waterline Project, a job that when complete, will replace much of the out-of-date and rusted water pipeline alongside Elm and Kansas Streets from Wichita Avenue to 9th Street.

Russell Interim City Manager Jon Quinday says an excavating company from Hays will be replacing the current cast iron pipes that have developed several leaks and heavy mineral build-up with new, large PVC piping that has more than a one hundred year life expectancy. Quinday says the installation will be minimally invasive for homeowners.

"What I like about this project is they're using mostly boring where they can, instead of open trenching the entire length," said Quinday. "They're going to be replacing over 12,000 feet of watermain, so where they can, they're using a boring machine to push that pipe through, which will eliminate as much disturbing of the ground in peoples yards and on the right-of-ways."

The $800,000 project, which will be paid in half by federal grants, is scheduled to be complete by April or May of 2013.

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