As everyone has seen, the lake on #8/#9 was drained during the better part of May to replace a rusted “overflow” structure. I am happy to report that the new structure was successfully installed a few weeks ago and the lake is now full. In addition to replacing the "overflow" structure, we repaired the rock wall around #9 tee that collapsed while the lake was down and installed 5 pallets of sod to the area of disturbance.
|#1 After discovering a problem with the "overflow" structure, the lake was lowered.|
|#2 A concrete block had to be removed before the "overflow" structure could be taken out.|
|#3 After removing the "overflow" structure, it was clear why the lake was leaking.|
|#4 A coffer dam had to be installed so that workers could work on installation of the new "overflow" structure.|
|#5 The existing drain pipe had to be cleaned before being joined with the "overflow" structure.|
|#6 The "overflow" structure consists of a stand pipe, drain pipe, and drain valve all covered in tar.|
|#7 The structure was carefully fitted and lowered into place.|
|#8 Concrete was poured around the coupler to both seal the joint and to keep the structure from floating.|
|#9 The "overflow" structure as seen from the surface. A trash screen has yet to be installed.|
While none of us likes to have major problems happen as the season starts, sometimes its just out of our control. We just take a moment and develop a solid plan to correct the problem and move on. While the repairs to the ponds took a little longer than anticipated, the repairs are solid and good for many more years which in the end is better than a quick fix.