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Water Pipe Improvements in Bozeman

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BOZEMAN - A water main break earlier on Tuesday knocked out the water supply to about 20 homes in Bozeman. This is the second break within recent weeks, but city officials said there is nothing to be alarmed about.

Superintendent of Bozeman Water and Sewer Operations, John Alston, said "We got on the scene very quickly and ascertained what appeared to be a main break in the 500 block of North Grand. Had it shut off in about 10 or 15 minutes or dialed down."

Alston said the rising occurrence is nothing to be concerned about.

"There has been, I think, this will be our 4th this calendar year, believe it or not. Bozeman has the least amount of main breaks per mile  of any city in Montana."

This particular main was installed over 100 years ago, which is considered to be a good life span.

"If we can get 75 to 100 years out of a metal water main pipe. With the pressures we have in Bozeman, we're doing very well," Alston explained.

Despite Bozeman's good record, the city is seeing a complete renovation to the pipe system.

"Bozeman is in the midst right now of a 20 year pipe replacement program that older pipes and pipes that don't meet fire flow will be replaced, so this main will eventually be replaced," Alston said.

The renovation comes after the dimensions required for adequate fire flow was increased from 4 inches to 8 inches.

Alston said, "If you look at it, it is in very good shape as far as the coating and stability of the pipe. However, it does not meet fire flows."

Currently, you can find a lot of this work underway on Aspen and North Rouse. Alston said this program will only strengthen the city's water system.

"A lot of thinking, a lot of thought behind this. We don't just say, because we are constantly evaluating our evaluation process, and we're replacing water mains also."

Water to the homes in the immediate area of North Grand Avenue has since been restored.

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