Salem preparing to replace corroded water pipes
During the July 1 Board of Selectmen meeting, the board voted unanimously to withdraw up to $34,650 from the town’s unassigned water fund towards the unanticipated replacement of 150 feet of corroded pipes.
Next month public work crews will make further repairs on Bluff Street as well as Millville Street.
According to Town Manager Keith Hickey, replacing the Stiles Roads pipes wasn’t part of the original plan, but during a pre-construction survey it was discovered that acidic soil had taken its toll on the underground pipes.
Public Works Director Rick Russell said that in this case, the water pipes appear to have corroded due to stray currents in the ground stemming from buried power lines, as well as the acidic soil.
Russell said it was impossible to predict this problem decades ago when Stiles Road was built, as the majority of the area’s soil was sandy and work crews placed the pipes well below the surface.
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