COUNTY NEWS RELEASE
The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is starting a sewer line replacement project on Sombrillo Court with excavation to begin on Monday. DPU’s contractor is currently potholing there to locate existing sewer lines in preparation for the project.
Starting Monday, the entrance to Sombrillo Nursing & Rehabilitation Center will be narrowed while installing a new manhole in the area. Drivers will still be able to enter and exit but are asked to drive slowly and cautiously while entering and exiting the parking lot. It has not yet been determined how long the manhole installation should take.
The installation of the new sewer line is expected to take under 30 days. It will occur to the side of the Sombrillo Ct. cul-de-sac so traffic won’t be impeded. The replacement is being done because a portion of sewer line and multiple service lines were constructed in the past with no flushing points. Some sections have fittings that cannot be maintained because their pipes are undersized and awkwardly placed.
The replacement pipes will be placed according to DPU’s current standards that include adequately-sized main line with manholes and service lines with adequate slope and cleanouts for flushing.
Residents with questions about the project may call DPU Senior Engineer James Martinez at (505) 663-1907 during business hours.