$11 Million Water Pipeline Needed In West Lubbock

The city went out for bids recently on a pipeline project to strategically change how water is delivered from Bailey County into Lubbock homes.
By James Clark

LUBBOCK, TX -- Lubbock will spend $11 million to update its water pipeline from Bailey County. The city went out for bids recently on the project which will strategically change how water is delivered from Bailey County into Lubbock homes.

The new pipeline will intersect with the current pipeline at the Clovis Highway just southeast of Shallowater. From there it will go south to the intersection of 26th Street and Upland Avenue; and from there to the intersection of 26th and Iola. It will then meet up with another new pipeline project in West Lubbock.

Currently, water from Bailey County is delivered to a pump station at Quaker Avenue and the Clovis Highway. After the new section of pipeline is built, water can also be diverted to a pump station at Marsha Sharp Freeway and 29th Drive, which will either be rehabilitated or replaced.

Conceivably this new pipeline could extend another five miles which would then allow Bailey County water to be used interchangeably with water from Lake Alan Henry at several different pump stations along the western and southern portions of Lubbock.

The city’s capital improvement plan justifies the new pipeline saying, “Replacing aging infrastructure insures reliable continuous water service to Lubbock citizens and reduces annual maintenance costs, system failures, and utility expenses.”

Companies that want to do the work have until December 19 to submit a bid. The City Council is expected to choose a winning bid on January 23.

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