Colorado utility successfully removes 129-year-old working water valve

April 11, 2017
It is Colorado Springs' second oldest water valve. 

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, APRIL 11, 2017 -- On Monday morning, Colorado Springs Utilities removed a cast iron valve that was installed in 1888. The removal is part of the town's efforts to modernize drinking water infrastructure.

The 129-year-old valve was still working. According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, the removal signifies an effort to renew aging water mains across the city to improve customer service and help the city's 2C paving project, approved by voters in 2015 to rehabilitate city streets.

Corey Farkas, the city's streets division manager, told the newspaper that there are 90 valves close to the age of the one dug up Monday.

The valve will now be put on display at the Colorado Springs Utilities Leon Young Service Center, next to valve covers, manhole rings, electrical wiring and Christmas lights from the city's early days.

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