120th Avenue lanes remain closed between Pecos and Huron

Westminster crews mopping up water main breaks

Pressure spike pops mains across city

Staff Report
Posted 6/13/18

Westminster road crews are still cleaning up damage from a series of five water main breaks during rush hour June 12 over a wide area of the city, from the 72nd block north to 120th.

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120th Avenue lanes remain closed between Pecos and Huron

Westminster crews mopping up water main breaks

Pressure spike pops mains across city

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Westminster road crews are still cleaning up damage from a series of five water main breaks during rush hour June 12 over a wide area of the city, from the  72nd block north to 120th.
Public Works Director Max Kirschbaum said the breaks all came from a sudden surge in water pressure that occurred about 4:40 p.m. in the city's largest water pressure zone.
"When you have that pressure change, it can cause breaks to occur," Kirschbaum said. "I this case, we just so happened to have five, almost simultaneously."
Water mains broke at 120th and Mariposa, near 119th and Federal, 112th and Stuart, near Barr Lane and U.S. 36 and at 72nd and Hooker.
Fewer than 60 customers south of 112th Avenue lost their water service due to the breaks Tuesday, June 12, but service was restored overnight.
"We were able to get on top of each of the locations pretty quickly and had them isolated and then we prioritized crews and repairs to work through the night," he said. "By the morning, we had three of the locations complete and the final two are in progress."
Work repairing the roads was taking a bit more time, and Kirschbaum said all repairs might not be complete until Thursday, June 14.
The 120th Avenue break, located in a buried 24-inch water main between Pecos and Huron and across from the Digital Globe building is one expected to take more time.
"That's the most difficult of all of them," he said. "Not only was it a 24-inch main, it caused very extensive damage to the eastbound lanes of 120th. The crew is working that repair and right behind it, they are integrating a pavement repair right behind it."
Kirschbaum said he didn't know what caused the sudden spike in pressure, but crews were investigating it.
"From the water plant forward, we are still looking at what caused the surge," he said. "It may be something we are able to trace down but it might be something we never quite know why it occurred."

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