City of Everett drinking water maintenance crews will repair multiple couplings on Transmission Line 5 starting early morning on Wednesday, April 24. A map of the work area and affected customers is available here.
If your home or business will be affected, you should have already been notified, with time to plan ahead. The City of Everett is reporting that the work itself should take thirty hours to complete, and will is expected to result in lack of water pressure or total loss of water for the affected homes and businesses. The Line to be repaired is 51” in diameter and has a fifty-million-gallon-per-day capacity.
“Repairing these couplings is necessary to the long-term functionality of the transmission line and is part of our routine maintenance program,” said Ryan Sass, public works director. “Public works staff is coordinating with our valued wholesale and individual customers to minimize impacts.”
Water service will be shut off west of Bickford Avenue beginning at 1 am on Wednesday, April 24.
During the closure crews will first shut off service connections in order to begin draining the pipeline, which will use up some of the first part of the thirty hours allocated for the project. They will then repair couplings at eight locations on the transmission line across Ebey Island.
After the repairs are completed, crews will flush the line and then refill it to ensure water quality. When the line is depressurized, water quality samples will be taken.
Crews expect to begin putting connections back in service by Wednesday evening or early Thursday morning, April 25. Once the pipeline is back in service and connections are open, the city will issue notices to customers and update the project webpage.
Affected single-family residences can check if their service is on by opening a tap and should expect a noticeable release of air once the tap is opened.
Individuals with questions about their service are encouraged to contact their water service provider. To receive project alerts and stay up to date on the project plans and progress, visit everettwa.gov/TL5.
The City of Everett water system in general serves over 600,000 customers in the city and, through its wholesalers, a large part of Snohomish County.