Joint Water Commission review set in wake of valve failure

A Joint Water Commission (JWC) transmission line in Cornelius, located on 12th Avenue next to Veterans Memorial Park, was returned to full service March 31, according to spokeswoman Tacy Steele.

A portion of the line had been shut down since Feb. 11 due to a leak in a cracked 8,000-pound valve. In the interim, the city switched to its reserve water supply. Water samples were taken March 28 to confirm that water quality health standards were met, Steele said.

“Cornelius is currently receiving ample service and fire flow protection from the two connections in operation, so the emergency connections that served Cornelius during the shutdown have been turned off,” noted Steele. “This was a large and challenging repair.”

As part of its emergency preparedness plan, JWC officials will review the repair process and discuss options to improve the ability to repair large transmission mains more quickly, Steele added.

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