The City of Buffalo's raw water line, which supplies irrigation water to the golf course, parks and other areas of the city has had breaks in the line for years, but this summer has had more breaks in a different area than usual, which has prompted discussions to replace it.
City Works Director Les Hook said there seems to be about 1,000 linear feet of pipe that may need to be replaced to address the problems.
Hook said that section was not installed properly by the contractor and he has since discovered it was pipe that was inferior to the manufaturer's specifications. He feels the rest of the pipe on either end of that 1,000-foot section is good, based on the fact it has never broken anywhere other than section he wants to replace.
In addition to correcting the breakage problem in the line and having an enclosed system, Hook said there should be an increase of nearly 80 PSI in the raw water line once the work is complete.
No decision has been made yet on the project.