Over 100 single-family homes and smaller water systems will have no service or reduced service from February 28th at 12:01 am to as late as “early morning” on March 2nd. According to the City of Everett, all affected customers have been notified.
All customers are outside of the Everett City Limits; water service customers from Bickford Avenue in Snohomish to the Hand Road area NE of Monroe will feel the affects most acutely.
“This is the largest and longest transmission line shut down in recent history and will impact the most customers,” said Paul Kaftanski, interim public works director. “However, this critical maintenance work will keep one of our major transmission lines operational long-term for the many customers who rely on it.”
“The purpose of the project is to install a new parallel valving system to this section of pipe for system resiliency. The redundant valve will allow the City to maintain the system more easily, with less disruption to customers. The project will also improve how water flow is regulated to better serve the customers connected to the pipeline. To perform the work, a section of transmission line will be closed and drained so that a contactor can install the necessary fittings on the line.”
The transmission line fifty-one inches in diameter, and is equipped to handle fifty million gallons of water per day.
Those who will be without service should plan for a minimum of two days without. This could mean your own water collection for bathing and rinsing dishes, planning ahead with friends and family for visits to use their unaffected facilities, water for pets or animals, and things of that nature.
Below is the tentative schedule provided by the city, which is subject to change. If you’d like to view the map of affected areas, click here.
12:01 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 28 - City crews will turn off service connections and close necessary valves located east and west of the Three Lakes Valve. They will then drain that section of the pipeline.
6 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 28 – The transmission line will be turned over to the contractor, who has 36 hours to perform the work.
6 p.m., Thursday, March 1 - After the contractor’s work is complete, and the line is disinfected, city crews will flush, fill and pressurize the pipeline, which will take several hours.
Late evening, Thursday, March 1, to early morning March 2 – Service connections will be opened, and water service restored.