AMARILLO, TX - For the third time in just over a month, a Lake Meredith pipeline has been shut off, but this latest stoppage could prevent future problems for CRMWA and Amarillo residents.
In light of recent pipeline blowouts, CRMWA is taking a proactive approach to make sure this doesn't become a recurring problem. Thursday morning, CRMWA shut down their main aqueduct north of Amarillo for inspection.
"What we're doing now is draining the whole system down between here and Lake Meredith and we're going to walk the inside of the pipeline with electromagnetic survey to check for further corrosion," said CRMWA General Manager Kent Satterwhite.
Satterwhite says this scheduled outage is expected to last two to three weeks and several repairs are expected to be completed.
"When we see spots then we can dig it up and clamp it from the outside, it's a much more efficient repair, it's cheaper, it's faster," said Satterwhite. "We think we can do about one of those repairs a day."
The good news is, the repairs are not expected to affect residents and businesses in Amarillo.
"What we will do is just switch to the reservoir, the 500 million gallon reservoir that we have for this purpose," said Director of Capital Projects and Development Engineering for the City of Amarillo, Floyd Hartman. "Especially this time of year the demands are down, so the residents will see no change in quality or availability of water."
The city thanks CRMWA for being ahead of any future problems they may have.
"That open communication has been preformed very well and not only between CRMWA but between us and other member cities, knowing what's going on and what reservoirs are doing what." said Hartman.
CRMWA has another scheduled shut down next month to survey another segment of pipeline.