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Everett Public Works- Transmission Line Maintenance

Posted on: September 23, 2021

Transmission Line 3 Shutdown Sept. 27 – 30, 2021

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Everett Water Utility’s Transmission Line 3 (TL3) will be out of service for up to 72 hours starting at 10 p.m., Monday, September 27, 2021. This affects all connections between 79th Ave SE and 157th Ave SE in Lake Stevens (approximately 70 services are directly connected to Everett’s TL3).

The purpose of this project is that the City of Lake Stevens is constructing a new road (91st Street SE) along the City of Everett’s 2, 3 and 4 water transmission line corridor. As part of this construction work, the transmission line will be realigned and replaced in this location by a contractor hired by Lake Stevens. This requires TL3 to be out of service for all connections between 79th Ave SE and 157th Ave SE in Lake Stevens. 

A map of the work area and affected customers is available on the project webpage at everettwa.gov/TLM.  

Prepare for the shutdown

The work is estimated to take 72 hours, and all customers without service should plan ahead to ensure they have sufficient water to meet their everyday needs. 

  • Please do not use water during the shutdown. This will depressurize your household plumbing and may cause problems when water service is restored. 
  • Purchasing bottled drinking water prior to the shutdown – a minimum of one gallon per person per day.
  • Storing water in sanitary food-grade containers for domestic uses.
  • Closing toilet valves to prevent drawing water from your water system and filling a tub or container with water for flushing toilets.
  • Filling livestock troughs prior to the shutdown.
  • A tanker truck of non-potable (non-drinkable) water will be available for affected customers Sept 28 – 30 from 8:00 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Cavalero Hill Dog Park (79th Ave SE and 20th St SE). Bring your own water containers, as those will not be provided. 

Restoration of water service

  • If you experience dirty water or air in your water lines when water service is restored, follow these steps:
  • To remove air, turn on cold water faucets and run until no air is detected.
  • For dirty water, turn on a bathtub cold-water faucet and run until water is clear. In some cases, this could take up to 30 minutes.
  • If the problem persists, call Everett Public Works Dispatch at 425-257-8821.

Avoid future service interruptions

Getting household water directly from a transmission line involves periodic service interruptions. Everett encourages those connected to our transmission lines to pursue connecting to a nearby water distribution system. Call Everett’s 24-hour Dispatch (425-257-8821) and ask to speak to a water maintenance supervisor to learn more. Snohomish County PUD is waiving $7,800 in fees for our transmission line customers to connect to their distribution system if available

Project Timeline (All times are approximate and dependent upon conditions)

  • Mon., Sept. 27, 10 pm: Start draining the line (Service interrupted).
  • Tues., Sept. 28, 5-6 am: Contractor begins work to relocate and replace transmission line.
  • Wed., Sept. 29, full day: Contractor relocates and replaces transmission line. 
  • Thurs., Sept. 30, 5 am: City crews start refilling the pipe. 
  • Thurs., Sept. 30, 10 pm: Service restored.

Public Works’ highest priority in this project is to ensure the regional water supply is protected, and we are coordinating closely with the contractor and the Washington State Department of Health for this purpose. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause you. If you have questions, prior to or during a shutdown, contact Everett’s 24/7 Dispatch at 425-257-8821.

Thank you for your patience as we complete this necessary project.

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