Park City line break buckles driveway as water rushes out
A private water line broke in lower Deer Valley on Sunday afternoon, sending water rushing out and badly buckling a driveway.
The Park City Police Department said the break occurred at the Aspen Wood condominiums, located along Deer Valley Drive on the route toward Snow Park Lodge. The Park City Water Department said the break occurred at approximately 3:30 p.m.
Kyle MacArthur, the water distribution manager at City Hall, said the water line is located on private property and is not maintained by the municipal government. It is connected to the municipal water system, however.
MacArthur said approximately 160,000 gallons were lost in the break. A photograph provided by the Water Department shows the water bursting upward from the ground and then flowing toward Deer Valley Drive. By midday Monday, the damage remained visible as barricades blocked the driveway. MacArthur said the water entered a few garages.
The 160,000 lost gallons is a significant total for a line break in Park City, MacArthur acknowledged.
MacArthur said the break triggered a low-pressure alarm at the Water Department. The Police Department received a report of the water flowing out as well, he said. The Water Department shut off service to the impacted spur of the system.
MacArthur said the shutoff continued early in the workweek as the Water Department awaits repairs that will be ordered by a property-management firm.
MacArthur said the water line that broke dates to 1984. He said the age of the line likely contributed to the break.
He said the problem along Deer Valley Drive is not related to other recent waterworks issues, including a break in September on Heber Avenue that forced a street closure that remains in effect as repairs continue.
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