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Water Service Line Replacements
PHASE 1

TLC Plumbing and Utility has been contracted by the city of Rio Rancho to replace water service lines. 

Work will consist of replacing existing polyethylene water service lines from the main line in the street to the connection at the water meter with new copper water service lines. In addition, any existing non-Automatic Reading Water Meters and nonstandard meter boxes will be replaced.

Beginning March 19, 2014, and spanning approximately seven months, TLC will replace 550 lines in the following areas:  Baltic Avenue, Brenda Road, Lisbon Avenue, Wagon Train Drive, Pecos Loop, and Lema Road. View map showing work areas.

 Anticipated Work Schedule (Subject to Change)
 Brenda Road: March 19, 2014 - March 31, 2014 - WORK COMPLETED
 Pecos Loop: April 1, 2014 - May 13, 2014 - WORK COMPLETED
 Baltic Avenue: May 14, 2014 - June 19, 2014 WORK COMPLETED
Lisbon Avenue: June 23, 2014 - August 4, 2014
Wagon Train Drive: August 5, 2014 - September 10, 2014
 Lema Road: September 11, 2014 - September 30, 2014

As work is completed and new work schedules are finalized, this information will be posted to this Web page.

What to Expect When Work is Taking Place
Work hours will take place between 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.  The work being done will require short periods of water service disruption at properties between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Five to seven days prior to work taking place on a street, a notification door hanger will be left at applicable properties. 

The day before work begins a work crew member will visit each applicable property in an attempt to provide notification. 

The day of working take place, a work crew member will visit each applicable property in an attempt to provide notification of when the short period of water service disruption will be taking place.

Work taking place may require roadway lane restrictions between 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. When this occurs detour routes will be noted with signs.  Roadway lane restriction information will be posted to this Web page.

Lane Restrictions for Lisbon Avenue-related work June 23, 2014 - August 4, 2014: Lisbon Avenue from Navajo Lane to Hood Road.

Questions

For any questions or concerns about work taking place, the TLC project manager is Jesus Jurado and he can be reached at (505) 362-2070.

Cost/Funding
TLC’s work contract is for $1,375,747.93.  The funding sources are $1,075,000 from the 2013 New Mexico Legislature, and revenues generated from water/wastewater rate increases approved by the Rio Rancho Governing that went into effect in February 2013.

PHASE 2

New Concepts, Inc. has been contracted by the city of Rio Rancho to replace water service lines. 

Work will consist of replacing existing polyethylene water service lines from the main line in the street to the connection at the water meter with new copper water service lines. In addition, any existing non-Automatic Reading Water Meters and nonstandard meter boxes will be replaced.

Beginning July 28, 2014, and spanning approximately seven months, New Concepts will replace 900 lines in the following areas:  Orchid Drive, Sunflower Drive, Quixote Drive, Saffin Drive, Corsica Drive, Sommerset Drive, Vancouver Drive, Alda Road, Brazos Drive, Arkansas Street, Fornax Road, Erlinda Road, 17th Street, Star Villa Circle, Chaps Road, Longhorn Road, Silver Saddle Road, Campfire Road, Stallion Road, Virginwood Road, Twisted Juniper Road, Utah Meadows, Lema Road, Zaragoza Road, Campfire Road, Player Loop, May Circle, 32nd Circle, and areas within the Enchanted Hills subdivision (exact locations and work schedule to be released in the near future). View map showing work areas.


Anticipated Work Schedule (Subject to Change)
Orchid Drive: July 28, 2014 - August 11, 2014
Sunflower Drive: August 11, 2014 - August 26, 2014
Quixote Drive: August 26, 2014 - September 3, 2014
Saffin Drive: September 3, 2014 - September 10, 2014
Corsica Drive: September 10, 2014 - September 17, 2014
Sommerset Drive: September 17, 2014 - September 24, 2014
 Vancouver Drive: September 24, 2014 - September 26, 2014
 Alda Road: September 26, 2014 - October 1, 2014
 Brazos Drive: October 1, 2014- October 6, 2014
 Arkansas Street: October 6, 2014 - October 8, 2014
 Fornax Road: October 8, 2014 - October 13, 2014
 Erlinda Road: October 13, 2014 - October 15, 2014
 17th Street: October 15, 2014 - October 17, 2014
 Star Villa Circle: October 17, 2014 - October 28, 2014
 Chaps Road: October 28, 2014 - October 31, 2014
 Longhorn Road: October 31, 2014 - November 5, 2014
 Silver Saddle Road: November 5, 2014 - November 7, 2014
 Campfire Road: November 7, 2014 - November 10, 2014
 Stallion Road - November 10, 2014 - November 13, 2014
 Virginwood Road: November 13, 2014 - November 19, 2014
 Twisted Juniper Road: November 19, 2014 - November 21, 2014
 Utah Meadows: November 21, 2014 - November 25, 2014
 Lema Road: November 25, 2014 - December 19, 2014
 Zaragoza Road: December 19, 2014 - December 23, 2014
 Campfire Road: December 22, 2014 - December 23, 2014
 Player Loop: January 5, 2015 - January 8, 2015
 May Circle: January 8, 2015 - January 14, 2015
32nd Circle: January 14, 2015 - February 4, 2015
 Enchanted Hills Subdivision (exact locations and work schedule to be released in the near future)

As work is completed and new work schedules are finalized, this information will be posted to this Web page.

What to Expect When Work is Taking Place
Work hours will take place between 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.  The work being done will require short periods of water service disruption at properties between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Five to seven days prior to work taking place on a street, a notification door hanger will be left at applicable properties. 

The day before work begins a work crew member will visit each applicable property in an attempt to provide notification. 

The day of working take place, a work crew member will visit each applicable property in an attempt to provide notification of when the short period of water service disruption will be taking place.

Work taking place may require roadway lane restrictions between 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. When this occurs detour routes will be noted with signs.  Roadway lane restriction information will be posted to this Web page.

Lane Restrictions for Orchid Drive-related work July 28, 2014 - August 11, 2014: Orchid Drive from Southern Blvd. to Pecos Loop.

Questions
For any questions or concerns about work taking place, the New Concepts project manager is John Lakeman and he can be reached at (505) 452-8910.

Cost/Funding
New Concepts, Inc. work contract is for $1,749,254.40.  The funding source is revenues generated from water/wastewater rate increases approved by the Rio Rancho Governing that went into effect in February 2013.

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Additional Information

In the future, additional water service line replacement work will be scheduled and take place in the city using revenues from the water/wastewater rate increase already in place and those scheduled to take effect through Fiscal Year 2017, and monies received from the New Mexico Legislature (2014 Legislature has approved $1.4 million for water service line replacement).

Why do Polyethylene Lines Need to be Replaced
Approximately 14,900 polyethylene water service lines needed replacing in the city at the time Phase 1 work started (March 2014).

The service line leak is the most common type of leak that occurs in the city. These leaks occur in part due to the material the line is made of which is polyethylene.  Polyethylene was used extensively in Rio Rancho by builders and developers for a period of time decades ago due to the high price of copper, which had been the standard material to use for water service lines.

It has been discovered since the inception of its use that the polyethylene line material loses it flexibility properties over time and becomes very brittle. Because of the normal, minor pressure changes that the water system goes through in a day, the polyethylene line develops cracks that allow the water to leak.

A majority of leaks that occur in the city each year happen during the summer months.  This is because as the water system has a greater demand on it for irrigation and the pressure varies more this creates more cracking of the lines.

All polyethylene service lines need to be replaced since they will all eventually fail and leak.  As the city is able to do this, the number of leaks and amount of water being lost will be reduced, and water customers will experience less service disruptions.



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