Project Underway To Replace Damaged Pipeline to Carlsbad Caverns
Work is underway to replace 7,000 feet (2.1 kilometers) of damaged pipeline in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, which has been without water for two weeks.
The pipeline, the park’s only source of potable water for the visitor center, office buildings and residential housing, was the damaged by frigid temperatures and icy conditions over the New Year’s weekend.
Advanced Solutions Group, LLC of Kaysville, UT, was hired to replace the broken pipeline. Installation began yesterday and is expected to be completed by this weekend. Once the pipeline is completed, park water system operators will refill storage reservoirs, purge the distribution system, and get the new line flowing with fresh water. Bacterial testing will then be completed to insure the water is safe to drink, and poses no health risks.
We hope to have water service restored throughout the park by the middle of next week. Chuck Burton, Carlsbad Caverns National Park Chief of Facilities
Once water is restored to the park, a project to bury the new water pipeline will begin. The buried pipeline will not be susceptible to damage caused by freezing weather. Completion of that project is expected by early May.
The visitors have been extremely understanding about our water issue. Lots of folks have visited the cavern and enjoyed it immensely, with little to no effect on their experience. Kudos to our staff as well, who have handled this situation with ease and professionalism. Doug Neighbor, Carlsbad Caverns National Park Superintendent