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Pipeline nearly complete for Lincoln’s new water supply

Pipeline nearly complete for Lincoln’s new water supply

ASHLAND, Neb. (AP) _ Lincoln officials are conducting final inspections on a pipeline that’ll serve as a conduit for the city’s new water supply.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the 1,500-foot steel pipe is as long as five football fields. It’s waiting on the east side of the Platte River to be pulled beneath the river and back up to dry land. The pipe will connect Lincoln’s newest well on an island north of Interstate 80 with its water treatment plant.

Steve Owen is Lincoln’s superintendent of water production. He says a 2012 drought tested the city’s water system and revealed the need for a more reliable water supply.

Contractors will begin moving the pipe next week. About 10 million gallons of water could be flowing beneath the river this summer. The project costs an estimated $12.7 million.

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