City of Dayton begins repair process on massive February water main break

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – 2 NEWS has confirmed the city of Dayton will pay more than $850,000 to repair the broken water main from February. A company from West Chester Township won the bid. Preliminary repair work on the 36-inch concrete water main is already underway.

Michael Powell, the director of the city’s water department, says the repair work started about a week ago, but they’re still not able to see the damage to that pipe. The city will pay Sunesis Construction of West Chester $853,000 to make the repair. But it’s not as simple as just swapping in new pipe since the break is still underwater.

Those repair crews must first get to the break in order to assess the damage. Michael Powell says his focus is on the fix right now, not on identifying who or what may be responsible for the break. More than two months has elapsed since that pipe broke on February 13, and Powell says there have been no disruptions to service since then.

He says that’s key in allowing those construction crews to take their time and make the right repair. “Get the dam in place, get it dewatered. Then ordering pipe. This isn’t pipe you find on a shelf somewhere. Typically lead time on pipe like this is three or four weeks or so. So you can look at those particular kinds of things to set some of the expectations for when we can expect the pipe going in the ground.”

Powell says the cost of this project will be absorbed into the $15 or $16 million set aside every year for the water department. He added this project will not require any additional funding.

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