Water line work resumes

Construction work on the water line along 216 Street has resumed, and will wrap up this weekend if all goes well.

Construction work on the 216 Street leg of a $33.5 million Langley Township water pipe line was expected to wrap up over the long weekend now that WorkSafe BC has lifted a month-long stop-work order.

Construction resumed July 22 after the design of the pipeline was modified to address concerns raised by the provincial workplace safety authority.

The Township approved extended hours to allow the contractor to get back on schedule, expanding the work week from five to seven days and lengthening the 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. shift to a 10 p.m. close.

With completion of the 216 Street leg, work on the next section was set to begin the first week after the long weekend, with the closure of Worrell Crescent between 210 Street and Glover for the first week, followed by an expansion of the shutdown as work continues.

The East Langley Water Supply project is the biggest project ever undertaken by the Township of Langley’s engineering department, with 14 kilometres of one-metre diameter water main and a booster pump station connecting to the regional Metro Vancouver water system.

Phase 1, which began May 1, will run a one-metre diameter steel water main between Willoughby and Murrayville following 72 Avenue, 210 Street, Worrell Crescent, 216 Street, 56 Avenue, and 224 Street.

The work is expected to finish by December, 2013.

East Langley’s water currently comes from seven groundwater wells.

In the summer, when water usage peaks each year, water restrictions have to be enforced.

The Aldergrove Community Plan projects increased demand for water, with the population in the area growing from 12,000 to 20,000 people within 20 to 30 years.

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