Archive for Thursday, January 19, 2006

Water District alerting patrons of pending work

January 19, 2006

Lan-Del Water District is preparing its customers for possible interruptions when utility relocation gets under way on the Main Street System Enhancement project.

The 18-month, $11.3 million road-widening program, which is slated to begin this spring, will require Lan-Del to relocate some existing water mains, hydrants, meters and service lines along the 2 miles of road targeted for construction.

In a letter to Main Street businesses and residents this week, the district warned of possible service interruptions.

"Your water service may be off several times during this project," Lan-Del field supervisor John Marksberry wrote.

"While other utilities and contractors will be working in the area, there is a possibility they could damage water equipment which may result in your water service being disconnected immediately until repairs can be made," he wrote.

Marksberry said he didn't know precisely when the utility relocation would begin and wouldn't know until Lan-Del receives the OK from the Kansas Department of Transportation.

"We can't do the job until KDOT give us notice to proceed," Marksberry said. "We've got the plans drawn up and know what we need to do. But we're waiting on them."

Marksberry did ask that any businesses or homeowners along the construction zone contact Lan-Del if their telephone number is unlisted or has changed recently. The water district, he said, will call patrons when their service will be interrupted or in case of an emergency disconnection.

"We want you to know if something is going to happen," Marksberry said. "And we're trying to nip some complaints in the bud."


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