Pipe bursting means less digging in Springville 900 South project, but 12 hours without toilets

Springville will have to turn off residents homes for 12 hours to replace the pipe in the city.

Springville will be replacing sewer lines along 900 South through the end of October.

Springville residents who live along several blocks of 900 South will see a lot of cones, some big holes in the road and will be without toilets for about 12 hours at some point between now and the end of October.

It’s all part of the city’s Pipe Bursting Project from 800 to 1500 East, to replace sewer lines going from each house to the main line along the street. There are about 60 houses affected, and all are on 900 South — no houses in cul-de-sacs are impacted.

And even though it might seem like a lot of construction, with holes that are 10 feet by 10 feet, it’s actually a lot less digging than would be done in a regular sewer line replacement project, said Rod Oldroyd, Springville’s manager of administrative services.

In a pipe bursting project, the new pipe is inserted into the old pipe and bursts it as it is installed.

“It’s not near the digging that would go into a regular sewer project,” Oldroyd said. … “We don’t have to dig out the pipe that’s there.”

There aren’t any portable toilets available to residents while their houses are without sewer access, Oldroyd said.

Only about four houses at a time will be without sewer, and they’ll get notice of the time 48 hours before it happens. And the time frame for every house will be the same, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. People will still have water, but city officials don’t want them using toilets, washing machines — basically anything that requires water going down a drain.

The project started on Tuesday, though cones started going up on the street about a week ago, Oldroyd said.

Springville High School is on 900 South, but won’t be impacted by the project, Oldroyd said, other than road construction getting to and from school.

He said this project is a precursor to construction of a big pond in Hobble Creek Canyon for secondary irrigation, to get the water to the west part of the city.

If you have questions about the project, call (801) 491-2780.

Watch the video below to see how pipe bursting works.


Amie Rose has more than 14 years of experience writing and editing at newspapers in Utah and New Mexico. She graduated from BYU with a degree in journalism. She lives in Utah Valley with her husband, toddler and crazy dog.

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