GALLIPOLIS — The Gallipolis City Commission discussed the need to potentially move a 12-inch diameter water main pipeline in the McCormick Road area as the Gallia County Engineer’s Office repairs an earth slip in the region.
“The county engineer has started approximately a month to two-and-a-half months (long) project on McCormick Road in the slip area,” said City Manager Gene Greene. “They are going to repair the road and drive piling. That will interfere with our 12-inch main that runs just alongside the road out there.”
Greene said he and other city employees inspected the project area and met with Gallia County Engineer Brett Boothe. Greene estimates that about 400 feet of pipeline must be moved. According to Greene, work will be done later this week.
Pile driving consists of taking large steel beams and shoving them into the ground until the beams hit bedrock. Barriers are then fastened to the beams and back-filled with gravel to prevent small earth slides, otherwise known as slips.
“I’ve talked to Brett and he’s willing to help us,” Greene said. “That area has slipped on us and we have had to move (the main) before and it is an ongoing problem, but at least Brett’s going to help us with it this time.”
The water line effects Holzer Hospital as well as nursing homes in the area. According to city records, the “Spring Valley” area the pipeline serves about 415 customers. That includes businesses and residences.
Greene said he contacted Holzer Hospital officials and said it may be necessary for them to keep an emergency water tank full in case unforeseen circumstances arise. According to the city manager, he was told the water tank for the hospital could operate for 36 hours before it needs a fresh supply of water from city supplies.
“I don’t really see any problems (with the water main project) unless (major issues occur) that we couldn’t fix within 36 hours, ” Greene said.
Gallipolis City Commissioner Steve Wallis asked Greene how long he thought it might take to transition pipeline over to a new location. Greene said he felt it may take a day to get water flowing on both ends of the water line after getting new hardware in place.
“All we need to do is lay the line, chlorinate it, pressure test it and then go ahead and hook it in,” Greene said. “If we have to make it a long day, we’ll do that just to get water back out. I’ve talked to Brett about it and told him how important it was that we work together on this thing. We have to keep that hospital going out there and the nursing home.”
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.