Palmdale begins work to replace water main

Contractors for Palmdale Water District (PWD) will begin work on replacing 1.5 miles of water mains starting this week.  The areas to be affected are bounded by 3rd Street East to Division Street and Desert Sands Park to Avenue Q in East Palmdale.

Work on the $2 million project began this week with potholing on Avenue  P-12.  Construction will also take place on Stanridge Avenue, 2nd Street East, 3rd Street East, Carolside Avenue and Division Street. Completion is expected by mid-April, according to contractor Toro Enterprises.

“This is one of our bigger water main replacements for this year,” said Engineering Manager Scott Rogers.  “We hope to limit some of the disruptions to the community by keeping everyone informed.  Once the work is completed, we look forward to fewer leaks in this area.”

Most the existing pipes in the project area are double-dipped and wrapped steel from the 1950s.  Contractors will replace them with ductile iron pipes and install new services to the District’s existing customers.

Once this project is completed, PWD will have about 3.5 miles of 1950s pipes remaining in its system that has 400-plus miles of pipes.

Later this year, three other smaller pipeline replacement projects will take place at Avenue P and 15th Street East, Avenue Q-6 from 12th Street East to 15th Street East and Avenue Q-10 and 12th Street East.

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