Canal’s temporary bypass complete

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A temporary bypass is now flowing water from the PG&E Bear River Canal to Placer County Water Agency and Nevada Irrigation District customers. According to Denny Boyles, spokesman for PG&E, a completed temporary bypass pipe began working Friday. “We were five days ahead of schedule for the bypass, which was great news,” Boyles said Friday. “Flows currently are 30 cubic feet per second, and will gradually increase.” According to PG&E, the bypass is eventually expected to deliver 55 cfs to the canal, while work will continue on the permanent fix to the canal, which broke in an area near Colfax High School April 19. “Both PCWA and NID were alerted before the water flow began, and we will continue to work with the agencies to monitor the canal system as the water flows increase,” Boyles said. To date, PG&E has not given a cost for the construction, which has been projected to result in a permanent fix to the break by mid-June. PCWA has said it does not plan to increase customer rates as a result of costs incurred by the break, but hopes to reimburse some of its customers who did not receive their full amount of irrigation water. ~Staff report