Ann Arbor water pipe leak persists for weeks, locals complain
ANN ARBOR, MI – It has been weeks since residents reported a possible rupture of the water line in Ann Arbor and a continuous stream of water continues to gush out of the ground on the street.
With the exception of two orange cones placed around it, the ongoing leak on the 500 block of First Street went unanswered for about four weeks, residents have complained in recent days.
The Ann Arbor News / MLive asked the city’s public works department and city administrator Tom Crawford for comment last week.
Crawford made a statement on Monday, December 28, explaining how the leak started and saying it should be fixed next week.
Water leaks where there is a shut-off valve under the lawn extension along the sidewalk of the street in front of a house.
The leak began after the service valve was used to shut off the water to the house during the routine water meter replacement, Crawford said. The city is currently working to replace approximately 26,500 water meters in the city.
The private water pipe in the house is galvanized and at one point was connected to the town water pipe with a short piece of lead pipe known as a gooseneck, so it needs to be replaced. Crawford said, noting that Michigan’s updated Lead and Cooper rule requires the city to replace galvanized pipes previously connected to lead, as they can collect and release lead into water.
“The city worked with the property management company to get an access agreement in place allowing the city to complete work on private property,” Crawford said. “The water pipe is to be replaced next week by the city contractor. Staff continue to monitor the leak, but it is not considered an emergency at the current rate. “
The city and the tenants have been in communication over the issue, Crawford said.
Numerous complaints about the leak and flooding on First Street on the Old West Side have been filed with city officials since early December, some through the city’s A2 Fix It app.
“Thank you for reporting this issue,” the city responded to an A2 Fix It complaint on December 3. “The city knows about it and is working with this owner to have the line fixed.”
Another citizen complaint filed on December 7 described the water leakage from the ground as “significant”.
“The water flow is pretty obvious and audible,” the complainant wrote. “Something is happening and it should be fixed.”
Water continues to pool on the street, run along the sidewalk and drain into a storm sewer.
The flooding last weekend created an ice problem on the street and on the sidewalk, a complainant wrote, raising concerns about potential damage from the freeze-thaw.
Last week, a resident concerned about the situation complained about the low water pressure.
City council member Ali Ramlawi, D-5th Ward, said he was unaware of the facts about what was happening on First Street, but has expressed concerns in the past about water pipes broken pieces that leak for days after being reported to the city.
When asked why such leaks could persist in the past, he said the cost of labor was greater than the cost of water lost in the water system, especially on weekends. , holidays and at night, because overtime rates are paid. to workers.
He is interested in knowing more about the planned response on First Street, he said Monday before Crawford confirmed that an agreement was underway to replace the water pipe next week.
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