Bellah Ave joins Lindsay waterlines

Homes along N. Bellah at the corner of E. Hickory St.(Kenny Goodman)

Lindsay supplies a handful of households outside of city limits with water as necessary repairs are made to the street and water lines along Bellah Avenue

LINDSAY – To avoid leaving some households just outside the city high and dry as repairs are made to pipes along city limits, the city of Lindsay is stepping up to the plate to ensure the impacted homes have access to clean water.

On Oct. 10, Lindsay City Council approved a vote to share the city’s water system with homes that are found just outside the city line. This will provide water to the residents while their disintegrating underground pipes are being replaced. The seven homes on North Bellah Avenue are on the edge of the Lindsay city limits and are served by the Lindsay-Strathmore Irrigation District (LSID).

“I think we should do this. LSID has supported us, Provost & Pritchard is a pretty reliable contractor firm. It’s seven units, why not support this?” Mayor Hipolito Cerros said at the meeting in favor of helping the households.

The LSID received grant money to replace the underground pipes, which have had many leaks in the last few years. The project has been labeled high priority since the repair of the water line was going to prevent residents from having usable water.

“LSID does not provide drinking water, and we (the city) do in our services… 25 feet away. There’s always that encouragement by the state that we must connect,” director of city services and planning Neyba Amezcua said.

While the underground water line is being repaired, the rain and gutter system for Bellah Avenue, which does not have a proper system for either, will also be replaced. The project is considered essential for both the residents to have drinking water, and to protect the integrity of the street, according to the staff report on the matter.

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Houses along N. Bellah Ave. to be connected to the City of Lindsay water system. (Kenny Goodman)

The main city water lines for Lindsay are about 25 feet away from the homes, which make city water the most viable options so the water line and street for the homes are repaired.

“All these lines we have out there are not repairable,” district manager of LSID Craig Wallace said. “We fix a leak and (another) one will spring up, so it has to be replaced.”

The project is funded from the United States Department of Agriculture, which originally awarded LSID around $11.3 million in grant money. Phase one of the project was already complete which replaced around six miles of pipe in the areas that needed it the most.

The remaining $4-$5 million in funding is for phase two, which includes Bellah Avenue. Even after the funding has been used, it’s estimated that there will still be a remaining 60 miles worth of repairs.

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