SHOW LOW — Two residential water line replacement projects are scheduled to begin this summer in Show Low.

Sierra Vista subdivision

The first project involves replacing 1,400 linear feet of aging and deteriorating six-inch asbestos concrete (AC) waterline with an eight-inch PVC water main and installing new water services and fire hydrants.

The improvements will begin at the intersection of South 8th Avenue and West Reidhead in the Sierra Vista subdivision on Monday, June 17.

Why the accelerated project date?

During a sewer line construction project last year in the Sierra Vista subdivision, “crews discovered that the water main in West Reidhead was an aging six-inch asbestos concrete (AC) pipe material while the remaining sections in the subdivision were a newer PVC material,” states the Show Low city council meeting agenda. “The brittle properties of this aging water main resulted in four water main breaks while the sewer improvements were being completed.”

As a result of the water main issues discovered during the 2018 project, the water line replacement project “was accelerated to be completed as soon as possible,” also states the agenda.

The project is part of the city of Show Low’s 2019 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) budget. The project contractor is Apache Underground and Excavating, the cost is not to exceed $132,817.

Fairway Park IV

Another residential water line replacement project expected to begin this summer will take place in the Fairway Park subdivision between West Cooley and West Mogollon Drive in Show Low.

This project is part of the city of Show Low’s fiscal year 2019 and 2020 Capital Improvements Program budget which has budgeted for $880,000 for the project.

The scope of the project “consists of replacing approximately 7,800 linear feet of aging and deteriorating six-inch AC waterline with an eight-inch PVC water main and installing new water services and fire hydrants,” states the council meeting agenda. “Any concrete or asphalt removed during the project will be replaced.”

Central Arizona Civil Construction Co. is the approved contractor for the project and work is expected to begin in June or July.

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Laura Singleton is a reporter for the White Mountain Independent, covering Show Low city government, business and education.

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