Water main break causes Sun City to go dry

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While city roads remained intact during this water break, which is abnormal, a small pond was formed at the site of the water main break Monday afternoon north of Sun City. Photo courtesy of VVWD.

While city roads remained intact during this water break, which is abnormal, a small pond was formed at the site of the water main break Monday afternoon north of Sun City. Photo courtesy of VVWD.

Improper installation of an original 16” pipe approximately 10 years ago is said to have been a factor of the pipe’s failure Monday just north of Sun City. Photo courtesy of VVWD.

Improper installation of an original 16” pipe approximately 10 years ago is said to have been a factor of the pipe’s failure Monday just north of Sun City. Photo courtesy of VVWD.

A faulty pipe broke and cracked due to several factors, none of which could be pinpointed as the sole culprit for a water outage to Sun City Monday afternoon, Oct. 17. Photo courtesy of VVWD.

A faulty pipe broke and cracked due to several factors, none of which could be pinpointed as the sole culprit for a water outage to Sun City Monday afternoon, Oct. 17. Photo courtesy of VVWD.

While the water main break Monday afternoon didn’t cause any city streets to crumble, it put a hamper on residents of Sun City who needed water. VVWD crews promptly responded to an area north of Sun City to make repairs and get water flowing again to their customers. Photo by Stephanie Clark.

While the water main break Monday afternoon didn’t cause any city streets to crumble, it put a hamper on residents of Sun City who needed water. VVWD crews promptly responded to an area north of Sun City to make repairs and get water flowing again to their customers. Photo by Stephanie Clark.

At around 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 17 the Virgin Valley Water District (VVWD) began receiving a flood of phone calls from residents in Sun City who suddenly went without water.

According to VVWD Manager Kevin Brown, a vital 16” plastic water pipe that feeds water into Sun City broke due to a variety of factors including older pipe probably installed in 2005 or 2006 and left in the sun too long before installation.

Brown said the pipe brand was known to be faulty and it was installed on top of a rock without enough sand base to protect it. Installers may have over-inserted it into a connecting pipe causing additional problems.

“This was the second, and hopefully last, major pipe break in two years for Sun City,” said Brown.

Partial water pressure was restored to residents in Sun City within an hour of losing the water and full repairs were completed around 9 p.m. Monday night.

“The VVWD staff did another great job of quickly restoring water to residents,” Brown said of their response time.

 

Comments

  1. Inspector dude says:

    What i would like to know is who inspects these installation before they are backfilled?
    Isn’t the city plumbing inspector supposed to inspect before being backfilled?
    It was like that in the city and state i came from.
    It seems the city inspection process is very lax and leaves the contractors to self police
    There work.
    I have a home in sun city and found several loose wirenuts and conections.
    When i approached the city inspector up there she held up a polarity tester she plugs in and stated that is her inspection- what a joke.
    This city is more backwards and getting worse-if stuff were inspected as it should be the good ol boy juiced in contractors might have to actually do the job right if the inspecton process were done correctly

    • Wondering how some people passed 2nd grade says:

      Dude, until you can apply “there” and ‘their’ in the proper context and articulate complete thoughts your response doesn’t hold much water.

      • Wow dude, you have issues. He is correct about the faulty workmanship with all of the money being made on Sun City homes. No one is being held accountable for this. We have located several mistakes in our home since we built it. Its silly that there is no oversight on these projects, or if there is, then they stink at their job !

      • We all appreciate the Grammar Police keeping us safe from inappropriate use of language, but at the peril of saving the world one word at a time they often miss the CONTEXT of the message, ex., “Poor city inspections of vital systems.”

  2. Thank Kevin Brown and the VVWD for your quick response
    and support. We’re fortunate to have you folks
    taking care of our water needs!

  3. Wonder what are the backgrounds of the city inspectors? Any hands-on work? How about an article in this paper about the different city inspectors and where did they get their credentials? Sun City Homes should be closely inspected just like any other Mesquite homes.

    • Teri Nehrenz says:

      Roger,

      It’s not the newspaper’s job to perform HR services on the city employees. If you want that information you are free to go to City Hall where they have an HR representative which will provide you with descriptions of all the jobs they have and the qualifications the city looks for in each position.

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