The city of Hewitt is moving forward with another capital improvement project as it works to improve more-than-30-year-old waterlines throughout town.

The city council on Monday approved spending $76,932.6 to improve waterlines along Hewitt Drive and Sun Valley Boulevard. About 1,100 linear feet of 12-inch waterline will be installed along Hewitt Drive from Castleman Creek Elementary School to Kiowa Trail.

Another 2,400 linear feet of 12-inch line will be installed along Sun Valley Boulevard from Old Temple Road to a point near H&M Landscaping.

The nearly $77,000 will cover costs for the waterlines, fire hydrants, valves, fittings and other related repair work.

The improvements have been on the city’s list of capital improvement priorities as it aims to increase waterlines throughout the city, City Manager Adam Miles said.

“We’re connecting dots is what it amounts to,” he said.

Increase size of lines

Eventually the city wants to have all its lines increased to 12-inch or 16-inch lines, except for in residential neighborhoods where the need isn’t there, Miles said. Several waterlines throughout the city are only 10 inches or 8 inches, he said.

“I think once this is in, I think we have almost continuous (12- or 16-inch lines) along Hewitt Drive, except by the post office. That’s an 8-inch,” Miles said.

The projects will take about two to three weeks to complete, depending on the weather, he said.

“A day like today would set them back because it’s raining,” he said.

Miles said the city’s engineering department determined the work could be done by their employees, so Hewitt will save money by not having to get a company to complete the work.

One of the next big waterline projects includes work along Interstate 35, he said. The city engineers are about ready to bid out the project, he said.

Volume, not pressure

The larger waterlines allow the water to move more quickly throughout the city, Miles said. The project addresses a water-volume issue, not a pressure-related issue, he said.

“It’s like your body. If you get some upgraded arteries, that would sometimes be good,” he said.

Cassie L. Smith has covered county government for the Tribune-Herald since June 2014. She previously worked as a reporter for the Beaumont Enterprise and The Eagle in Bryan-College Station. Smith graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington.

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