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CONTACT: Colleen Doctorian, public information officer, 816-513-0232

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 13, 2011

Water valve repairs progressing in Quality Hill neighborhood


Water service will be off overnight to customers in the area

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Water Services Department will work on the second phase of water valve repairs on Friday, Oct. 14. During this time, three valves will be repaired or replaced at 8th and Broadway streets, and two valves will be repaired or replaced at 9th and Broadway streets.

To accommodate the repairs, beginning early Friday, Oct. 14, Ninth Street will close between Broadway and Central streets, and one lane on Broadway Street will close between 7th and 10th streets. Water service in this area will be turned off about midnight Friday, Oct. 14 and is anticipated to be turned back on Saturday morning, Oct. 15.

Traffic on Broadway Street between 7th and 10th streets will be rerouted. Northbound traffic will be diverted to one of the southbound lanes and southbound traffic will be reduced to the remaining southbound lane. The lanes will be closed Friday, Oct. 14 morning and will remain closed until repairs are completed.

The repair and replacement of these valves is completed in four steps.

Step 1: Test Shut – This was successfully completed Oct. 11 and it ensures that the valves needing repair or replacement can be isolated from the system.

Step 2: Dig up – Crews are excavating the valve locations, taking measurements, and preparing valve/pipe assembly for installation. No water service shut off will be done for this work. This will be completed Friday, Oct. 14 during the day and the holes plated.

Step 3: Repair/Replace Valves – Valves will be shut, turning off water service to customers in the area. Notices will be left for the consumers advising them of this temporary loss of service This step will cut out existing valves, drop new valve assemblies in line, tighten sleeves, flush main, backfill, test water, and restore service. Plates will then be reinstalled until restoration takes place. This will be done after midnight Friday, Oct. 15 into Saturday morning.

Five valves are scheduled to be replaced during Phase 2. Additional valves are scheduled to be replaced on 5th and 10th streets from Wyandotte to Washington streets at future dates. Public notices will be distributed to the affected areas.

Step 4: Restoration - Streets will be restored in areas where valves were repaired/replaced.

“Water Services realizes this may create some temporary inconvenience, and we will work to minimize the burden on residents and businesses in the area,” said Acting Water Services Director Terry Leeds. “However, these valves allow Water Services crews to take lines out of service to make repairs and minimize the number of customers affected in the future.”

For more information, contact Colleen Doctorian, public information officer for the Water Services Department, at 816-513-0232.

The Kansas City, Mo., Water Services Department maintains and operates water collection, processing and distribution systems, stormwater management and control systems, and waste water collection and processing systems for residential and business customers in Kansas City and for wholesale customers in the Kansas City region. Operation is funded by fees charged to customers based on their use of products and services.

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