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Water at Work - Needle Valve Refurbished

Left - The crane truck lifted the need valve from the barge below.
Watershed Specialist III Craig observes the process.

Right - Construction Equipment Operator Conway and
Watershed Specialist I John work to reassemble the valve.

In May 2015, the 8,000-pound Needle Valve #1 was removed from the face of Dam 1 in the Watershed for refurbishing. This past April, Sandy River Station crew members successfully reinstalled the new and improved needle valve, now ready for use during the 2016 summer supply season.

Watershed Specialist II Fred and Operating Engineer III John guide the valve back into place.

Removing the needle valve was no small task. It required using a crane on the dam to lower the valve it to a barge below where it was transferred to shore. A large crane then pulled the valve off the barge to dry land where it was worked on. 

Watershed Specialist I Keith pushed the barge to the base of the needle valve platform using a Jon boat.
Construction Equipment Operator Conway and Watershed Specialist I John rig up the valve to the crane.

A big thanks to the capable and efficient Sandy River Station crew!


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