Park City suffers waterworks problems, including a main break |

Park City suffers waterworks problems, including a main break

A Park City Public Utilities Department crew in 2017 flushes a water main along Lowell Avenue as part of an operation designed to clean the insides of the lines by sending water rushing through at high speeds.
Courtesy of Park City Public Utilities Department

The Park City waterworks system as well as at least one private property owner suffered leaks in a variety of neighborhoods last week, but the municipal government said the cases were not related to each other and they generally were not serious.

The Park City Police Department received a series of reports involving issues with the system while the Park City Public Utilities Department responded to the complaints.

In one of the cases, a water main suffered a break. The break occurred at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9 along American Saddler Drive in Park Meadows. A Public Utilities Department crew was dispatched to the scene and repaired the damage that night. The work was largely finished by 8 a.m. the next morning. An estimate of the water lost during the break was not available by early in the week.

In another case, also on Oct. 9, there was a report to the police about the possibility of a break of a water main on Fairway Village Drive. The Public Utilities Department, though, determined the water was a result of a leaking irrigation system on private property. The property owner shut off the water, the department said.

The Public Utilities Department said the cases last week were unrelated. The department has long said the waterworks system is vulnerable to issues like the ones last week based on the aging infrastructure. The waterworks system suffered a massive break in Old Town in July, sending a torrent of water onto Main Street in a dramatic scene that caused road damage and damage to several businesses.

Some of the other waterworks cases reported to the Police Department last week included:

• on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 1:53 p.m., a pipe was reported to be broken on Lowell Avenue. Water flowed into the street, the police were told.

• on Friday, Oct. 11 at 5:20 p.m., a broken water pipe was reported on Double Jack Court.

• on Oct. 11 at 5:16 p.m., water was seen escaping out of concrete on Sidewinder Drive.

• on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 7:45 a.m., what appeared to be a water leak was reported on Hackney Court.

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