City of Raleigh Valve Exercising Project Begins Oct. 29

News posted Oct. 29, 2018 - 6:00 am

Every water system has valves—devices that regulate, stop, or start the flow of water in the distribution lines. Being able to operate these valves at a moment’s notice is extremely important. In an emergency, sections of a distribution system may need to be shut down without delay. However, if a valve is not used over a period of time it can seize-up from corrosion and get stuck, making the valve inoperable. A valve exercising program helps maintain the useful life an operation of water system valves.

Hydromax USA, the City’s designated contractor, will begin their large valve-exercising project on Monday, Oct. 29, and will progress in phases throughout the service area over the next five years. Contractor crews will begin working in Raleigh, Garner, Knightdale, Wendell, and Zebulon communities over the next two months, exercising approximately 290 valves. The City expects the projects second phase will include the Wake Forest and Rolesville communities that will begin in the Fall of 2019.

The majority of valve maintenance will occur within the edge of right of way. If crews need to access valves located within the roadway, citizens can expect to experience short term lane closures. If you have concerns and need to verify Hydromax USA crew work locations for safety and security reasons, please call the Water Distribution Division at 919-996-3245.

To learn how to readily identify Hydromax USA vehicles and staff, and for more information about this project, visit the City's home page and search "Valve Exercising Program."

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