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More water leaks discovered; Utilities Dept. providing water to those in need

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Water at 12th St. office; can be delivered to the homebound

By Jason Brooks

Rapid temperature changes have led to water leaks around Las Vegas, leading residents and businesses to have low water pressure or no running water at all.

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Camp Luna residents affected in terms of having little or no running water this week can bring potable water containers to the Utilities Department office at 905 12th Street and fill from the standpipe at no charge.

Homebound  Camp Luna residents who need water can call 505-454-3832 with a name and address and city staff will deliver bottled water to those residents.

Camp Luna residents affected by water outages can also go to the Abe Montoya Rec Center to use the showers, Gilvarry said.

City of Las Vegas Utilities Director Maria Gilvarry said Sunday evening that three known water leaks in town over the past several days. Two were repaired.

Staff were preparing to work on a third repair Monday. However, more leaks have been discovered.

Saturday evening into Sunday morning, crews repaired a leak near the West Las Vegas Administration building, on the southeast corner of the Las Vegas Plaza. Sunday, another leak was repaired a couple of miles away, on Apache Court, off of Hot Springs Boulevard, on the northwest side of Las Vegas. 

Luna Community College had no water Monday or Tuesday. The campus closed early Monday and was to be closed through at least noon Tuesday, with the hopes service could be restored by the afternoon.

Interim President Ricky Serna told the Optic the campus re-opened Tuesday without access to water, having "partnered with the Behavioral Health Institue to ensure staff have access to restrooms."

Spring classes at Luna and at Highlands University aren't scheduled to begin until next week.

Staff have also worked to address other leaks, located in front of Plaza Drugs, along New Mexico Avenue, at the transfer station and along Grand Avenue.

"We do expect to find and repair more leaks and the assistance of those searching for leaks has been very helpful," Gilvarry said.

Water pressure changes were reported throughout the west side of the area, from the Camp Luna neighborhood to much closer to Bridge Street, such as homes along West National Avenue. Some residents have been without water in their homes since early Sunday. 

The city's water treatment plant is at maximum production to keep up with the leaks until repairs can be made, Gilvarry said.

From Sunday through Tuesday, city staff were seen working on a section of pavement late in the afternoon along the east edge of the Plaza, in front of Plaza Drug. A couple of blocks away, along the north side of Bridge Street, a fire hydrant was releasing a large amount of water into the street Sunday.

Gilvarry said staff checked hydrants around Camp Luna and there is water at low-to-medium pressure. The Camp Luna area is one of the highest points in the gravity-fed system, and therefore loses water pressure and supply first.

Gilvarry told the Las Vegas City Council at a recent meeting that the city's 40-plus-year-old, main five-million-gallon tank — known as the "Cabin Site" — is offline through the end of January as part of the end of a seven-month rehabilitation project.

One leak, which will require repair this week, affects several west-side streets off of Hot Springs Boulevard and New Mexico Avenue, including Creston Circle and Bridge Street.

The city, in a news release faxed to the Optic late Tuesday, announced it would close down the westbound lane of the 100 block of Bridge Street on Wednesday from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a detour in place. 

Regarding one of the city's other main issues of late, trash collection, all routes are set to run as scheduled this week. The city's transfer station was technically closed Monday to commercial and residential dropoffs, due to high winds, but the station still accepted as many as six bags of household bagged trash per resident, as long as a most recent bill is presented during dropoff.