Sunday, July 27, 2014

City To Begin Replacing A 2,500 Foot Stretch Of Water Main This Friday?

Bruce and a rusty pipe
The following article was added to the Los Angeles Register website late last evening, and I am posting a portion of it here for you today. Written by their beat reporter for our city, America Hernandez, you can link to the entire piece by clicking here.

Funding from Bush-era bill reaches local water projects - Sierra Madre among agencies to dip into millions for nationwide water resource development: This city’s rust-tainted water is on a slow path to rehabilitation as a second water main replacement begins Friday, public works officials said.

About 2,500 feet of underground steel pipe, the concrete lining of which has worn away, will be ripped up to make way for new pipes, fire hydrants and water meters. The repair is expected to take two months.

“Our water main system dates back to the late 1920s and has become almost famously unreliable, as seen by major leakage and significant damage to the street,” said Sierra Madre Public Works Director Bruce Inman.

The project is partially funded by a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency, made available through the 2007 Water Resources Development Act. The federal bill set aside $23 billion for more than 900 nationwide projects and programs, including $25 million for a Los Angeles River revitalization study.

Sierra Madre’s aging water system has been a major concern. After the city began buying water from San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District in October, some residents noticed their tap water had changed color. The severe drought had depleted local groundwater resources, and the new, imported water, treated with purifying chemicals, reacted with the city’s old steel pipes where the concrete lining had worn out. Rust deposits began flowing through taps, toilets and showers.

Despite its appearance, the rusty water, which ranges from bright yellow to gray-brown, has been deemed safe to drink by city officials.

“The current repair is not likely to have an effect that people will see (in the water) since there are dozens of water mains throughout Sierra Madre that need upgrading,” Inman said. “The primary benefit is fixing something that has outlived its service life.”

Sierra Madre’s long-term plan is to repair water transmission lines one by one as money becomes available, officials said. This is the second main to be replaced but the first to receive funding through the federal bill.

I looked at both the City of Sierra Madre website and Facebook page and could find no notification of any upcoming water main replacements. These projects are a pretty big deal in this town, and as with the East Sierra Madre Boulevard pipe replacement back in 2011, normally given a lot of prior notice. Especially for a traffic bending project that will take up to two months.

I also looked in the Mountain Views News and couldn't find anything there, either. Though their July 26th edition did have the following useful upcoming meeting notifications:

I'm renting a time machine for all three of these get-togethers now. They're not the kinds of meetings you'd want to miss more than once.

So if anyone can tell me where exactly the water main construction starting this Friday is going to be taking place, I for one would like to know. Right now this seems to be something of a mystery, at least for me. Maybe I missed something.

There is this one item (link) from the July 8 City Council meeting that indicates the location could be Mountain Trail. Is that ground zero for this one? And if so, have the residents there been notified? Will there be a press release with details of what is expected to happen?

Perhaps City Hall forgot to tell anyone. You know how busy they get sometimes.

2.5 Million Hits

That locally beloved news institution known as The Sierra Madre Tattler passed the 2,500,000 hit mark late last night. A numerical milestone that is quite a robust one for a news site that covers the affairs of one of the smaller burgs in Los Angeles County. And while former Mayor Josh Moran used to famously claim that nobody reads this site, I think that number tells us a slightly different story.

Just so you know, we are currently at 107,908 comments life to date. Also a rather high number. Especially since I believe Josh also used to claim that they were all written by the same three people.

We do have our critics, I suppose.

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25 comments:

  1. Let's replace the Looney Views News with the LA Register

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  2. Is today April First?

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    1. Any paper is better than the Looney.

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  3. There is a big water line replacement going on in the canyon by marys store and across the bridge to the other side
    and a big one is in the works for mt trail around grandview

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    1. Grandview must be the one they're talking about in the Register.

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  4. We have two reporters with the coolest names. America Hernandez and Zen Vuong. What other city can say that?

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  5. That picture of Bruce and his rusty pipe reminded me of something. That was during the first recent water rate hike, and the message there was that if it passed things like that pipe would be taken care of. Now we're waiting for grant money to do it? We've now had two water rate increases, and none of that money is going to fix the pipes? is that what Inman is saying here?

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    1. back when that happened John Bucahan and Joe Mosca (along with Josh Moran and the city staff) called public emergencies saying that we had massive immediate issues (sinkholes etc) but while it was partially true and we did have an aged infrastructure, the actual reason for the immediate panic to push a rate hike was to hide water bond ratings and personal pet projects of the Councilmen, such as Buchanan's push for a new library, a complete waste of time.

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  6. That's quite a milestone John, congrats!

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  7. whoopee, according to Susan Henderson she has a distribution of 750,00 readers weekly

    course, she's been known to shade the truth

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    1. She's lucky if she hits 750.

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  8. Bruce Inman has been rather loose with truth about anything that would fix the problem of pipes. Never seems to mention the cities water bond debt. Time for Bruce to say goodby.....
    And would like the names of city officals claiming the discolored water was safe to drink.....still keeps killing pet birds, fish and all frogs and salamanders. But they claimk its safe to drink.....

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    1. Can you reveal your sources that said our water is safe for birds,fish,frogs,and salamanders. The only claim I've heard is that it's safe for humans.

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    2. Inman is a flim flam man. He should be fired, along with our City Manager

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  9. Hey John
    Go (expletive deleted) yourself
    have a good day (expletive deleted)

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    1. The Civility Party is finally waking up.

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    2. I guess he hasn't been to Church yet.

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    3. I hope he doesn't kiss his mother with that mouth.

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    4. Some people find it hard to show love.

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  10. THE DROUGHT IS OVER!! I felt water coming down from the sky. maybe .001 in.

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    1. It is going to take some significant new water infrastructure to handle that kind of deluge.

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  11. The storm drains should be cleaned and Bailey Canyon dredged on overtime if necessary for the public's safety

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  12. Word on the street...

    did city hall send out a RFP prior to replacing the old pipes in process...?
    if so.. who were the contractors applying for the work"
    didn't here any mention of warrants for this work?

    OR

    did city hall appoint the work to our city public works director and city engineer. it is common knowledge that city hall pays them as employees and city employees have also told us that they have done work for money under the table?

    is that ethical?

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  13. John. The "Tattler" has remained viable, and is still growing, because it fills a "nich" in our small community. Congratulations on your efforts! Youi have accomplished a community forum that bends when necessary, yet is consistant with high standards and smart government. The "computer", once the "pen" is mightier than the sword, and you prove it every day.

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