Question: Its 4th of July weekend and the main irrigation line feeding your two connected golf courses breaks…
This is exactly the scenario that played out last 4th of July weekend at Red Rock Country Club in Las Vegas, Nevada. Luckily, our maintenance crews were on site and up for the challenge of this monster 2.5-day repair job which resulted very little damage to the turf.
This past 4th of July weekend of 2014, the main irrigation line broke at the Red Rock Country Club Mountain golf course. The main line, which supplies 2 separate golf courses with their irrigation water, ruptured 8 feet below ground. The broken line was at the north end of the practice tee on the Mountain course of Red Rock Country Club. When the area was excavated it was discovered that at the root of the leak were two main irrigation lines, an 8” and a 10”, that were gushing water.
The 10” water line was for the reclaim water supply that feeds the fairways and roughs. Our crew discovered that the line had an 18 foot long crack in it which needed to be repaired. The crack in the pipe was undoubtedly due to several years of the mechanical fitting of an adjacent line rubbing against it and improper installation of the two lines.
The second leak came from an 8” pipe that carries potable water to the greens and surrounds. This leak appeared during the excavation of a solid block of concrete that was holding a tee in place was removed. Once the block of concrete was removed it allowed the seal for the tee to pop out and release all of the water in the line.
As our crews made the necessary repairs to the potable line they decided to run the new section up and over the reclaim line so that none of the new fittings would be able to rub on or damage the reclaim line again.
Once the repairs were complete the lines were covered in sand to further protect them from damage from rocks in soil that was excavated. A new block of concrete was also placed behind the tee for the potable water line to prevent a future blowout from pressure in the line.
This project took a total of 2 days and 3 nights for our crews to complete. Fortunately our crews were up to the task and we can’t thank them enough!