Water issues keep city crews busy on New Year’s Day


2014 got off to an eventful start for Maple Lake city crews, with water issues on New Year’s Day.
First, Public Works Director Jerry Sawatzke received a call at 4:30 a.m. about an issue at the site of the new Platinum Plus Printing building at the corner of Sixth Street and Spruce Avenue.
“A valve blew off a 2-inch service line,” Sawatzke said. “About 90,000 gallons of water went through the building.”
City crews were able to turn off the water and replace the valve.
“Then, at 2 p.m., someone came to my house and said, ‘We have water blowing out in the intersection over on Fourth Street West and Robin Avenue South,’” Sawatzke said.
He notified residents on Fourth Street that their water would be shut off and also contacted Mares Excavating. Digging began around 3:30 p.m., but it was not easy going.
“We had to deal with more than two feet of frost, a gas line, a sewer line and a service line so it was a mess,” Sawatzke said. “Usually we’d be done digging in about an hour, but it took about six hours of digging.”
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