Water Services Restored at Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Water finally returned to New Mexico’s Carlsbad Caverns National Park on Friday after its pipeline burst three weeks ago.
Some 7,000 feet (2.1 kilometers) feet of pipeline was damaged during a period of extra cold weather over the New Year’s weekend. The pipeline was the park’s only source of potable water for the visitor center, office buildings and residential housing.
Advanced Solutions Group of Kaysville, Utah, recently replaced the broken pipeline with a temporary 4″ bypass pipeline. That temporary line has now been disinfected, flushed, and the water tested at a water quality laboratory. All park services have now been restored and water restrictions lifted.
As the the temporary bypass line is also susceptible to freeze damage, a project to bury the pipeline will break ground in the next month with its scheduled completion in early May.