Work consisted 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 were replaced.
Beginning March 19, 2014, and spanning approximately seven months, TLC replaced 483 lines in the following areas: Baltic Avenue, Brenda Road, Lisbon Avenue, Wagon Train Drive, Pecos Loop, and Lema Road. View map showing work areas.
For any questions or concerns, the TLC project manager was Jesus Jurado and he can be reached at (505) 362-2070.
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,Dearborn Hills Drive, Hartford Hills Drive, Raleigh Hills Drive, Bismark Hills Way, Ponoma Hills Court, Glen Hills Drive, Albany Hills Drive, Albany Hills Court, Christopher Court, Gregory Court, Atlanta Hills Drive, Augusta Hills Drive, Concord Hill Loop, Bismark Hills Way, and Trenton Hills Drive
View maps showing work areas (July 2014 to February 4, 2015 and February 4, 2015 to March 24, 2015)
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 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.
Lema Road (Dec.16, 2014 to Jan. 19, 2015): Limited access on Lema Road between Western Hills Drive and Littler Drive.
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.
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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