CRMWA repairs continue through start of summer

CRMWA repairs continue through start of summer
Kent Satterwhite, CRMWA General Manager
Kent Satterwhite, CRMWA General Manager
NewsChannel 10
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Floyd Hartman, Amarillo's Interim Director of Utilities
Floyd Hartman, Amarillo's Interim Director of Utilities

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - The Canadian River Municipal Authority aqueduct continues to be on the mend -- and crews hope to be completely finished with repairs by the start of summer.

"We've so far made 18 repairs between north Amarillo and Fritch," said CRMWA General Manager Kent Satterwhite. "We've done most of the critical areas expect for two really bad sections."

Before moving on with even more repairs, Satterwhite says it's time for a refill.

"We're trying to keep the reservoirs full, we're working on it," said Satterwhite. "We're trying to make it where it's as painless as possible for the cities."

The City of Amarillo says this comes at a good time, since we had abnormally high water usage in January and February -- and with the upcoming peak water season.

"It's good practice for us at this time and they're working with us very well and their schedule is very much to the benefit of the city," said Amarillo Interim Director of Utilities Floyd Hartman.

Hartman says the city has been able to manage the water supply despite a lack of help from CRMWA, he adds once we get into those warmer months, Amarillo's water supply should be okay.

"Once we get into peak summer demands, we'll have to use some out of the reservoirs, but that's what it was built for," said Hartman. "We'll be very public and very up front with the water supply and where we stand."

CRMWA crews are going to start laying a parallel line next to the damaged pipe later this month and during the summer time the parallel pipe will be tied in.

Satterwhite says his crew plans to work as quickly and efficiently as possible.

"Certainly as people start watering their lawn, those windows are much shorter and in the summer time, we don't have any window. So, we're working as hard as we can to get completed by summer," said Satterwhite.

CRMWA has even more pipeline to inspect. If they have to make repairs on those sections they will start those on March 21st.

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