Donated pipe arrives in Yarnell to rebuild water system - WNEM TV 5

Donated pipe arrives in Yarnell to rebuild water system

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YARNELL, AZ (CBS5) -

Last summer's fire in Yarnell not only did damage above ground but also below ground to the town's water supply system.

"The pipes are damaged and we're losing water through leakage," said Chuck Tidey with the Yarnell Hill Recovery Group.

On Wednesday, three truckloads of PVC pipe were delivered to the Yarnell Water Improvement Association, donated by Pulice Construction in Phoenix.  This is part of a $225,000 donation through We Build Arizona, a business coalition comprised of representatives from the construction and transportation industries.

"The first phase is the one we're working here, which will go from the well to the tanks.  In the meantime, they're assessing the pipe in town to find where water leaks are so we can work on that during phase two," Tidey said.

If nothing was done, the community ultimately risked losing its water service.

"They've taken 25 percent of the homes off the water system because of the fire, and we were, right afterwards, using 50 percent more water than before," added Tidey.

In addition to materials, equipment and installation are also being donated to help Yarnell expedite recovery.

"Our company, they sent us out with the trailer to come help out and get this pipe out here for the town of Yarnell," said Armando Mercado with Southwest Industrial Rigging.

And Yarnell residents are appreciative.

"I'm definitely really thankful for the people that are coming together and donating and putting their time into all this stuff," said resident Sabrina Lunsford.

The project will get started Thursday morning with a groundbreaking ceremony for the Yarnell Water Improvement Association, taking place at 11 a.m. at the Yarnell Hill Water Well.

For more information or to make a donation to the Yarnell Hill Recovery Group, CLICK HERE.

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