Wichita, Kansas 2021-10-14 13:33:09 –
Wichita, K. (KSNW) -The city of Wichita said it is conducting further tests on a 42-inch pipe that broke down last week and led to water pressure loss.
At a press conference, Alan King, director of public works and utilities at Wichita, said pipes were replaced, holes were backfilled, and lines were disinfected. However, the line has not been returned to service.
“The repaired part of the pipe is pressure tested and very high pressure is applied to see if it can be held,” King said.
The city is also working to see how the pipe section broke down. However, since it was installed in 1969, it was not relatively old.
“The failed part of the pipe is actually being tested. It’s called a forensic test to see what happened to the pipe, how it failed, and the condition of the pipe that led to the failure.” King said.
It also tests the corrosiveness of the soil around the pipe.
“It’s the highway section that’s salted in salt water,” King said. “I would like to know if the soil contains chloride salts, which can accelerate degradation.”
King said he would bring in specialized equipment to inspect the wire cages of the pipes. If more damage is found, the city will replace the route. He added that he hopes to get test results next week or two.
The city spends $ 10 million on waterline replacements each year. Meanwhile, work continues on the new Wichita aquatic plants near Zoo Boulevard and I-235. It is scheduled to be completed by 2024.
For the current plant, King emphasized that it was carried out the way it was designed, and the power problem was due to the shutdown of the pump, causing a spike in water pressure and a rupture of the pipe.
As for factory electricity, he said, the city doesn’t have to rely on electricity because the backup generator was turned on before the expected thunderstorm.
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