Repairs finished to Rifle water main line |

Repairs finished to Rifle water main line

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*Updated at 4:40 p.m. Friday, May 17

Rifle public works crews have finished repairs to the leak in the water main line in north Rifle, and outside watering restrictions have ended, according to Police Chief and Acting City Manager John Dyer.

City crews worked nearly 24 hours straight to repair the first and second leak in the 18-inch water main line that supplies water to the city’s 3 million gallon storage tank.

*Updated at 12:50 p.m. Friday, May 17

Repairs to the city of Rifle’s main water line may be completed by 3 p.m. Friday, according to Utilities Director Dick Deussen.

The main line has had two breaks since Thursday night, in the same area of north Rifle. The latest break has left much of north Rifle without water, until the break is repaired and the water line is slowly recharged.

*Updated at 11:15 a.m. Friday, May 17

Some residents on the north side of Rifle are without water today, as city public works crews work to repair the second leak in the city’s water main line in two days, according to Police Chief and acting City Manager John Dyer.

Residents across the city have also been asked to not water their lawns or gardens and limit indoor water use to help reduce demand on the water system.

Dyer said crews discovered the first leak at approximately 6 p.m. Thursday and had it repaired by 11 p.m.

“Then when they recharged the line, the second break occurred near the first one,” he added.

Residents in the subdivision where the leaks happened are without water until the second leak is repaired, Dyer said, along with others living north of the area, East 26th Street and Meadow Circle.

*10:30 a.m. Friday, May 17

A break in a main water line that feeds the city of Rifle’s 3 million gallon water storage tank has led officials to ask residents to refrain from outside water use until 10 a.m. Saturday.

The break occurred Thursday on an 18-inch main line near East 26th Street and Meadow Circle, in the northern part of Rifle, said city operations and maintenance director Bobby O’Dell Friday morning.

Residents were informed of the watering request, which also asked for only necessary use of water indoors, Thursday night via the Garfield County Emergency Communications Center’s Reverse 911 system that placed calls to all available phone numbers. Emails and text messages were also sent to registered users. A second round of calls and messages were made Friday morning.

Public works crews were preparing to start excavating the water line and repair the break, said O’Dell, but no time line was given.

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