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Sour notes keep sounding over city's water pipeline

In the 1967 movie, "The Party," Peter Sellers played an Indian actor appearing in a remake of "Gunga Din."

In the scene where he is supposed to climb to the pinnacle of the temple, blow his bugle to warn approaching soldiers of the waiting ambush and then to die at the hands of the ambushers, Sellers' character decides to ham it up.

Each time one of the evil tribesmen shoots him, he falls silent for a second only to rise again to resume blowing the bugle in steadily more dissonant flourishes until the director tries to strangle him.

Prescott's Chino Valley water pipeline issue is a lot like Sellers' character. Just when you think you've heard the last of it, it manages to rise up and toot a few more sour notes.

As things stood earlier this week, the city was under an Arizona Department of Environmental Quality consent order to fix part of the problem-plagued, 36-inch pipeline that delivers water from a city-owned well near Chino Valley to Prescott by Feb. 1.

But ADEQ also mandated a third study of the pipeline to resolve conflicts between the first two studies – one that said the pipeline is fine as it is and another that cites improper compacting of soil around the line and some voids in the soil underneath the pipe.

ADEQ does not yet have a contractor to do the third study it hopes to complete by March 1. That pushes the schedule back yet again.

Who knows? By then we may hear yet another string of sour bugle notes about this issue.

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