WICHITA, Kansas – Wichita officials say work to repair a leak in a 66 inch main water pipe at the city’s water plant is complete. The line is now up and running.
The pipe connects the city’s two primary water sources to the plant. On Monday, Alan King, Wichita Public Works Director, said they made two repairs in the pipe.
“The location didn’t lend itself well to repair on the outside, so we actually made a hole in the pipe and sent people and equipment inside the pipe to be able to make the repair. The repair was successful,” said King. “We discovered another problem area not far from where the leak was, we also put a repair in place on that.”
Officials say they will continue to monitor the condition of the pipe. The city now has a bypass pipe in place that allows them to take the main pipeline offline so that repairs and inspections can be made.
So far, the cost of fixing the pipe is estimated to be under $2 million. Officials are still calculating the cost of repairs.