The new water main along East 1st Street will bring increased water volume, less water pressure drops, better fire protection, and reliability to the area.
Sioux Center Water Department Head Harlan Kruid said the cast iron pipe being replaced from 4th and 7th Avenue is approximately 60-70 years old and is supposed to be 4 inches in diameter.
Corrosion and rust barnacles have narrowed the internal diameter to around 2 inches in places, Kruid explained.
“It was nearing the end of its usable life. The new pipe we’re putting in is 8-inch PVC. People along there are going to see a tremendous improvement in flow,” he said.
The City’s system of water mains doesn’t just provide for our household or business water use. The water mains feed into the hydrants all around town. Replacing the East 1st Street water main will significantly improve fire protection there, as well is in the areas near there.
Kruid explained that the city’s water system is all connected, and improving the flow in one neighborhood impacts those near it and, ultimately, the whole system.
“As we grow, it helps the community’s flow to do this kind of water main improvements,” he said. “And the PVC water main has an expected lifetime of about 100 years.”
Kruid said the water main is scheduled to be replaced by June 1, with re-paving of the impacted segments of East 1st Street to follow.