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Water project is going under the river

By John L. Braese

The Enterprise

When your water supply is on one side of the river and your customers are on the opposite side, the answer to the problem is to bore under the river.

That is what is occurring this week as the first phase of Vale’s new water system takes place.

A specialized machine will drill down and make a turn to make way for a 14-inch pipe to be installed under the Malheur River near the rodeo grounds. The pipe will connect the water supply on the hill to the main water main located at the rodeo grounds.

The new pipe is the first phase an $8.1 million project to reduce arsenic in Vale’s water system and add a pressure station.

“Right now, we . . .