It’s remarkable that while excavating a leaking water main in Trail Creek Village, the backhoe operator discovered that the line in use is an ancient piece of milled redwood. Apparently, it’s part of an old private water system that the city of Ketchum bought out decades ago.
In addition, there seems to be a dispute as to who is responsible for repairing the line. Being an old water boy myself, I’ve seen situations like this before, and predict that the city will ultimately be held responsible for this repair. And with Old Man Winter around our next corner, it would be nice to have this redwood line patched soon, restoring a more normal pressure to our municipal water of life in that vicinity, as well as getting the mishmash of hoses out of the way, to make snowplowing possible.
I think that the best thing that could come out of this would be if the repair workers could carefully cut and salvage a small section of this redwood pipe and donate it to a historical museum. As one local newspaper editor remarked, “This kind of thing really captures people’s imaginations.”
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