Main Street water main project nearly complete

Mountain Water Company's infrastructure investment continues

Jul 10, 2012, 10:00 ET from Mountain Water Company

MISSOULA, Mont., July 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Mountain Water Company announced it recently completed replacing 2,450 feet of old water main in downtown Missoula. This represents all but 150 feet of the 1914 water main that Mountain Water set out to replace. The remaining 150 feet will be finished later in the summer.

Using "pipe bursting" technology Mountain Water was able to replace the nearly 100 year old water main ahead of the street resurfacing. The project was completed ahead of schedule, and the methodology worked very well.

"Using the pipe bursting approach we were able to replace the old water main with less disruption, time and cost, than what conventional replacement would have required," said Mountain Water Chief Engineer Logan McInnis.

Mountain Water worked well ahead of the project to communicate with the Downtown Business Association, the Parking Commission, Fire Department, Street and Engineering Department, and businesses. Maintaining communication throughout the project allowed those affected by the project to prepare for disruptions, and allowed Mountain Water and its contractors to mitigate problems where they could. Working with the Health Department and State Department of Environmental Quality, Mountain Water was also able to provide temporary water service to businesses that would otherwise have had to shut down.

"Mountain Water employees went out of their way to make the project go smoothly, calming my stress and fears relating to this project," commented Carma Gilligan, owner of the building, which houses Thai Spicy and Red's Bar.

 "Overall the project went very well. We want to thank all those organizations that helped us work through and avoid problems and to the downtown businesses and their patrons for their patience, understanding and cooperation," said Mountain Water President John Kappes. "This was an exciting project for our Company, as it has identified new protocols as pertains to our main replacements that will be beneficial to the community in our ongoing capital improvement program."

About Mountain Water Company

Mountain Water Company provides quality tap water, irrigation, and fire flow to 65,000 residents in Missoula through 37 wells, 45 booster stations, 24 storage facilities with a capacity of over 9 4 million gallons, through 300 miles of main over 24,000 service lines. Additional information may be found by visiting

SOURCE Mountain Water Company