Piping our old, leaky canals is an ongoing effort here at Swalley. Every year we try to round up the funding and partnerships to put as much pipe as we can in the ground. Piping projects allow water to be conserved for the natural environment, delivered more reliably to our customers, and utilized more efficiently on the land.
-Rogers Lateral Pipeline Project: This canal to pipeline conversion project will start near Cooley Rd and generally run north and northeast for ~3-miles. The project is fully funded and approved. Construction is slated for November 2019 - April 2020.
-Elder Lateral Piping Project: ~2 miles of canal to pipeline conversion. The project is fully funded and approved. Construction is slated for November 2020 - April 2021
-Butte Lateral Piping Project: ~1 mile. Funding Pending. Tentative construction dates are targeted for November 2021 - April 2022
-Winter 2018-2019 Riley-Sub Lateral Pipeline Project; OB Riley Rd. Phase. This project converted 1/3 of a mile of roadside canal to a 24" to 18" HDPE pipeline. The project was in cooperation with the Bend-LaPine School District and was primarily a public safety project. The project exemplifies contemporary irrigation piping methods and technology through an urbanized environment. The new irrigation line utilizes state of the art water metering equipment. School ballfields and landscaping will use our irrigation water as a greener and cheaper alternative than potable city water.
-Winter 2017-2018 Riley Lateral Pipeline Project.; Hardy Rd Development Phase
The Riley Lateral Pipeline along OB Riley and Hardy roads just behind the North Bend Fire Station was a joint 2016-2017 project between Swalley and a private developer. The canal was converted into a pipeline so that new road, water, and sewer infrastructure could be installed to 16 new homes. The project was paid for using all private funding, including a 1/3 financial contribution (including labor and equipment) from Swalley.
Finished landscaping over the pipeline was designed by a local landscape architect and is a local precedent for how nice-looking properly designed urban pipeline landscape coverings can be. The project is available for touring upon request.