Tearing up the Town, Update 3
By Kevin Brown, General Manager
Virgin Valley Water District
As reported back in December 2016, and June 2017 the Virgin Valley Water District is moving forward with several projects that will impact residents and visitors in the Mesquite/Bunkerville area. The Airport Tank rehabilitation project was completed in March 2017. Riverside Road, Summit Court pipe replacement, and Virgin River Transmission Line projects were completed in August 2017. Bella Horizon Pressure project was completed in October 2017. Projects that are in various stages of design and will begin construction in the next six months include: Well 27A replacement, Well 1A replacement, Flat Top Mesa Tank replacement, Marilyn Parkway Pipe replacement, Upper Mesa Pipe replacement, Aztec Circle Pipe replacement. Because each of these projects will have some impact on residents (temporary noise, traffic, decreased water pressure), we ask for your patience as each of these projects are necessary critical infrastructure improvements.
Well 27A replacement. Near the intersection of Pioneer Blvd. and Oasis Blvd., drilling has been completed for a replacement water well. Bidding will begin in December for a new fence around the site, new wellhouse building, landscaping, and other site improvements. Construction should begin in January 2018 and be complete in July 2018. Potential impacts to local residents will be normal noise attributed to normal building construction and a pump rig lowering the new pump into the well.
The Well 1A Arsenic treatment plant project is next to the Bunkerville Town Cemetery (north side). We plan to build a new fence/wall around the well site, add new site piping that will connect the treatment plant up with the existing pipeline under Riverside Road (near the intersection of Riverside Road and Virgin Street), install a pump down the well hole, and construct a building at the well site to house the arsenic treatment plant. Residents can expect noise from construction work as we install the pump and construct the building. There will be traffic delays as the pipe is connected across Riverside Road. Work on this project is expected to start in December 2017 and be completed in August 2018.
The Flat Top Mesa Tank, the silver domed tank near Flat Top Mesa, will be completely removed and a taller (not silver domed) welded steel tank will replace it. Construction is slated to start in December 2017 and be complete in April 2018. Residents should not realize any construction related issues with this project.
Marilyn Parkway, Upper Mesa, and Aztec Circle Pipe replacement project will begin in December 2017 and be complete in February 2018. Residents can expect some traffic slowdowns, possible detours, and construction related noise during construction.
We will do our best to keep the public informed about the progress of these projects that are necessary updates or repairs to our water system infrastructure. Most of them are made possible by the new rates approved by the VVWD Board of Directors in April 2015 and will ensure that the District will continue to provide our ratepayers with the best service possible.
If you have questions about any of the projects, please call the District at 702-346-5731.