East Langley water line leaking, report says

Work delayed as sections of pipe replaced along 14-km line

Leaks have been discovered in the $33.5 million East Langley Water Supply pipeline.

A project update by the Township engineering division to council says the problem was uncovered during pressure testing of the line east of 248 Street.

The unsigned July 2 memo says the pipeline manufacturer “has recently advised of quality control issues necessitating replacement of some sections [of pipe].”

A “specialized sub-contractor” has been hired to fix the leaks by replacing sections of pipe, the memo goes on to say.

Similar issues have arisen in Surrey and Vancouver, the report says.

The repair work will be done at the expense of the “contractor and/or pipe manufacturer” the report states, but the work will delay completion of the pipeline.

The current completion date is now projected to be Aug. 23 and could be moved back based on weather and site conditions, the memo cautions.

So far, over 13 kilometres of the 14-kilometre water pipeline has been installed between Willoughby and East Langley, and a new pump station has been completed in Murrayville.

Roughly 80 metres of pipe remain to be installed along the west bank of the Salmon River ravine by July 24, at which point testing will begin.

The project will connect Aldergrove and Gloucester to Metro Vancouver’s water system.

Township planners expect the East Langley Water Supply will bring an end to the severe watering restrictions that east Langley residents and businesses have faced during summer months to avoid depleting the aquifers. Work on the water pipeline got underway in May of 2013.