- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) - The city’s public works commissioner may delay funding for pipe replacements and instead put in new valves because of a massive water leak.

Public Works Commissioner Jeffrey Wennberg told The Rutland Herald (https://bit.ly/1EkmyMI ) on Wednesday that the March leak on a line leading to a car dealership exposed weaknesses that might lead the city to change its priorities. The leak spilled millions of gallons of water and was hard to find because the 100-year-old valves made it harder for workers to isolate pipes.

In trying to isolate the leak, workers discovered that a number of valves simply don’t work.

“That is like a ticking time bomb,” Wennberg said.

He said there are several faulty valves in critical locations that he is working to replace, which might push back scheduled pipe replacements.

The city can install new valves that would make it easy to isolate key parts of the line, Wennberg said, but it will cost roughly $15,000 to install.

Meanwhile, repairs done to fix the leak will have to be reworked.

“It was done wrong to begin with, and it’s been patched together, but it’s just not right,” Wennberg said.

Wennberg said the city also is requiring an inspection of all the other connections on the line.

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Information from: Rutland Herald, https://www.rutlandherald.com/

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