DENVER — About 50 forty-year-old water pressure valves in Denver are being replaced. The purpose of the fix-up is to help extend the life of water pipes in the city’s nearly 100-year-old system.
“By keeping up with this maintenance, it can help lower the amount of time customers are without water during a main break, limit the number of main breaks and free up Denver Water resources,” said Travis Thompson, of Denver Water.
“This way, Denver Water can allocate more time to rebuilding aging infrastructure and less time responding to breaks.”
This week repairs began on one of the old pumps in Littleton on Jackass Hill Road and Prince Street. The new pump incorporates new technology that older pumps simply don’t have.
“Some of the older pumps have been in the ground for more than 40 years,” said Thompson. “Our goal is to use rate hike monies to replace the older pumps which will help prevent surges in the lines, which in turn will keep pressure from building up in the older pipes and keep breaks from happening. All of that will keep service to customers and hold down repair costs.”