Water leak finally repaired

Water leak causes concern

A water leak on 45 Ave. and 52 St. proved to be problematic for public works crews, who worked several days to find the leak and rectify it.

However, on Thursday CAO Lori Hillis reported the leak had been found and repaired.

“We expected to have it fixed before the Thanksgiving long weekend,” said public work department head Rick Schmidt.

Schmidt said the water leak became evident at the end of last week.

“We couldn’t find it so we called in a specialist, but he wasn’t able to find it either. We had to keep looking.”

Schmidt said there are often leaks underground that may go undetected.

“Other leaks underground are similar, but this leak is more visible.”

Schmidt said not being able to find the leak is unusual, but it is not unheard of.

“There have been three like this since I worked for the town and this is not the worst one,” he said.

Schmidt noted that digging up the road to find the water leak has allowed the public works crew to use Fill Crete to fill in caverns which could cause sink holes in the future.

Rimbey CAO Lori Hillis said there have been several water breaks in town this year.

“Our public works department worked hard to find and fix the leak as soon as possible. We were never concerned about the draw on the wells,” she added.

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