Mending Mother Nature

Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:23 PM

Grand Haven City Council has approved spending up to $100,000 in emergency funding for the water supply line break there earlier this month.

“About $80,000 is where we are at right now,” City Public Works Director Bill Hunter said in estimating the use of the emergency cash. “The only costs we’ve discussed is the pipeline. I am still figuring out the cost for the (dune) restoration.”

The project is the result of an old 12-inch water main bursting on March 2. It was part of a 2 million-gallon and 500,000-gallon water tank system that sits atop the dune. The break caused the dune to erode, and trees and vegetation to topple over.

Hunter said the replacement pipe has been ordered.

“Once it comes in, we’ll start the process of putting the pipe in the existing trench, hooking it up and putting it back online,” he said.

Hunter said the contractor hired for the work has removed trees in the area in advance of the pipe's installation.

City leaders expect the new pipe, which is bigger than the old one, to be around for a long time.

“It’ll meet demand for the future,” Hunter said. “I don’t see us getting back in there for a couple of lifetimes."

The pipe being replaced had been in place since 1912.

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