Cooperation among neighboring agencies keeps the water running in Lake Forest Park

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Lake Forest Park Water District was able to keep customers in service during construction thanks to a little help from neighboring agencies.

Pressure-reducing valve station provides more reliable
water supply and better pressure for fire hoses

On April 18th Lake Forest Park Water District’s contractor, D and G Backhoe, connected a new pressure reducing valve station and 75 feet of new ductile 8” ductile iron water main to the District’s system near NE 175th St. and Ballinger Way. The connection required the shut down of a primary water main that serves the Lake Forest Park Towne Center, Lake Forest Park City Hall and LFPWD’s Beach Zone.

With the help of Shoreline Water District and Northshore Fire Department, LFPWD was able to keep all but one of its customers in service through three temporary feeds during the connection.

Three temporary feeds kept customers in water
during construction

Shoreline Water District provided water through a temporary connection into the Beach Zone and contributed about 150’ of fire hose. Northshore Fire District worked with LFPWD to ensure fire flows and provided 600’ of fire hose. Over 1400 feet of fire hose was strung out for the temporary connections.

Shoreline Water provided a hose and water
Northshore Fire provided several hoses

General Manager Alan Kerley said “I was very pleased with the level of cooperation from Shoreline Water District and Northshore Fire Department. Their staffs are great to work with.”

The new station and watermain provide a more reliable water supply and improved fire flow for LFPWD customers in the District’s Beach Zone.

“At the end of the day," said Kerley, "LFPWD staff had put in long hours, the new station was in service, the Beach Zone had more reliable water pressure and no customer complaints were received. It was a very successful day for the District and its customers.”


Tom Jamieson,  May 22, 2013 at 6:41 AM  

We tend to take our complex intertied water systems for granted. This is an impressive display of intergovernmental cooperation. It is nice to know our experienced, competent agencies and their engineers and fiel crews are there for us in the event of an emergency.

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