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The Price River Water Improvement District has been working around the clock for the past 72 hours because of numerous critical leaks to the culinary water system. The District has enlisted the help of Price City in trying to provide emergency interconnections to the District's system and the City has responded generously. The District is asking all its customers to curtail their water use as much as possible to help the system not run out of water over the next few days.
Announcements will be made when the emergency is over.
We apologize as we know the great inconvenience this places on everyone. The District will continue to work diligently to fix the leaks.
Jeff Richens, District Manager
Price River Water Improvement District
PRWID and Price City have an emergency interconnect on fairgrounds road necessitating the closure of that road between the Castleview Surgical Center and Dr. Blaine Jackson’s dental practice. The surgical center can be accessed from Highway 10 onto Fairgrounds Road and Dr. Jackson’s office can be accessed from Westwood Blvd. and Fairgrounds Road.
PRWID has found the pipe that was leaking. However, it is 28 feet deep and we are in the process of getting trench boxes from upstate for the safety of the employees that will be tasked with fixing the line. Working at these depths without adequate protection is asking to kill someone, as you may recall from recent stories in the news from upstate.
District crews have continued working through the night on the leak. Trench boxes were set, but a cave in of the high side crashed them out of alignment resulting in starting over. Boxes were pulled. Debris removed. Boxes are nearly set but condition are not improving. Excavator company expressed concern about safety. At this time we'll need input from UDOT. We may still be at this for two days.
The right hand, southbound lane on highway 6, will be closed to bring in 2 times the amount of equipment that we currently have on site. We are coordinating with Carbon County Emergency Management, Carbon County, Price City, Helper City.
We plant to get locations set up so there will be a fresh water station for customers to get water. We will notify everyone when and where those will be located.