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New parts keep water flowing

Earlier this month, Nevada City workers replaced eight gate valves, added two new ones to the system and replaced a 1950s-era hydrant in the town’s 19th century water mains, Public Works Director Verne Taylor said Wednesday.

Parts and labor cost $50,000 – and avoid a world of trouble, Taylor said. For two weeks, city crews worked their daytime maintenance rounds, then got up at odd hours during the night to shut down the system for night-shift contractors and open it up again before dawn.

An iron gate valve at the corner of Broad, Boulder and Sacramento streets, installed in the 1890s, controlled the water going into downtown – but leaked after crews would open it up, Taylor said.



“It had a 2-inch nut on it that was so rounded, we had only one gate key that would make it turn,” Taylor said. “I’ve been afraid of that one since I started 12 years ago.”

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To contact City Editor Trina Kleist, e-mail trinak@theunion.com or call 477-4230.


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