Thursday Oct 18 2012
PCWA replaces aging line that sprung leak in North Auburn
By: Jon Schultz, Journal Staff Writer
Costs range between $3,000 and $4,500
Placer County Water Agency replaced Thursday an aging 100-foot treated service line that sprung a leak due to aging that had been spilling onto a North Auburn roadway, said Mike Nichol, PCWA director of field services. Nichol described the water loss as “pretty minimal” and said repairs would cost between $3,000 and $4,500 since a less invasive technique was able to be used. On Wednesday, water appeared to be bubbling up through several small cracks near the intersection of Oakridge Drive and Squire Lane, and it flowed over a wide swath of road near the top of the hill then tapered to the roadside stretching in front of three houses. A copper line is now in place of the old plastic line, and water had been restored to the single house affected by around 11 a.m., he said. The PCWA routinely replaces aging lines that have sprung leaks, and it has already performed more than 120 this year alone. Last year, it replaced 187 lines, Nichol said.