Aztec commission approves sewer pipe replacement project

James Fenton, The Daily Times on February 26, 2013

AZTEC - The city commission agreed to take on nearly $3.6 million in debt to replace crumbling underground sewer pipes and celebrated catching-up with its financial audit report Tuesday night.

Roughly 7,500 feet of 15-inch clay pipe that carries wastewater to treatment facilities was installed over 60 years ago. Because of poor maintenance during that time, the pipe is deteriorating, and sections of the line have insufficient sloping that hinders water flow.

The public works department will replace the clay pipe with a larger diameter high-density polyethylene, or HDPE, a durable material that has a service life of 100 years. New manhole covers will also be added.

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