The City of Great Bend Administration and Public Works Departments will begin the fire hydrant repair project in the areas of 24th and Adams and 24th and Washington Friday, City Administrator Kendal Francis said. Every effort will be taken to restrict repairs to the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., barring any unforeseen circumstances.
Repair of the two fire hydrants will require that water be turned off for the better part of the day, he said. Staff does not know how big the vicinity will be in which water will be shut off, however residents should expect the water to be off within three to five blocks of each hydrant.
“I want to be certain the public is aware of this project,” Francis said. Crews will work as quickly and efficiently as possible to restore service to the affected areas.
“We will have several customers without water,” he said, adding door-to-door contacts are also being made. “Please bear with us. The City of Great Bend appreciates the patience of residents while this work is being completed.”
At least, he said, school will not be in session that day.
Dating back to December, this project has been a long time coming, he said. Due to some outdated city water line maps and rusted valves, getting the water shut off so repairs could be made was a challenge.
But, “we have finally reduced the water flow to these areas,” he said.
Contact Public Works Director Simon Wiley at 620-793-4150 with questions regarding this project.