By Carl and Joan Kelly
Applause greeted the table of Collier County engineers and project managers as they announced the end of Phase I of the water project on the Isles of Capri. It began in April and is nearly done this month. There are a few details to correct and the entire length of road is to be repaved with completion expected in January.
Phase II is already starting with Haskins Incorporated getting the bid. It will be done in two parts since there are more houses involved. With 400 service connections and 37 fire hydrants Phase II is nearly three times as large as Phase I. The first part will continue from the fire station to the beach separating islands one and two. The second part will be island one with completion of the entire operation set for August 2011.
A pre-construction video is currently being filmed to be consulted later ensuring that the property is restored to pre-construction condition. Each household is asked to fill out at survey of their property including invisible fences, irrigation system and driveway changes planned.
Water interruption may occur. The managers hope to notify customers 48 hours prior. With unexpected problems with the old system and poorly documented underground lines unexpected outages may occur.
The project will bring the island up to code with no charge to the customers on the Isles of Capri. Each house will have a cross-connected system with backflow preventer. Customers are asked to keep vegetation 18 inches away from the preventer for the yearly testing done at no charge.
Contact person is Project Manager Diana Dueri at 239-252-4218. View the daily up dates by Jim Hughes at http://nwsthefinalphase.blogspot.com.
Phase II 1 – It takes two people to dig one hole. While digging to remove the old 8 inch PVC water line the back hoe operator gets directions from his partner on the ground in order to avoid digging up the new service lines as well as anything else that might be buried there. Photo by Carl Kelly
Phase II 2 — A pre-construction video is currently being filmed to be consulted later ensuring that the property is restored to pre-construction condition, as digging to install new and remove old water lines tends to disrupt the property owner’s driveway and landscaping. Photo by Carl Kelly
Phase II 3 – Required in every new construction in Collier County, each Capri property will have a cross-connected system with backflow preventer. This device senses differentials in water pressure and can shut down the individual property service line to prevent contamination to the main water service line. Photo by Carl Kelly