Looks like a simple hose bib to water the garden? Maybe so – but it took the hefty machinery above to make it happen! We now have water to the High School Garden thanks to a very generous donation from Pacific Utility to install water lines in the garden… including drilling underneath the bus service road.
Pacific Utility is the subcontractor Whidbey Telecom works with to lay all the underground infrastructure for the Big Gig. They came with different kinds of machinery that bored tunnels in the ground to install the water pipes. The north/south line was made with a device that rammed its way through the earth… very slowly in the hard ground!
To install the long east/west line, a sophisticated underground boring machine drilled a tunnel 290 feet long through the garden and under the road!
And mightily impressed with the perseverance and generosity of Pacific Utility who were undaunted and returned with a monster machine from Tacoma.
Notice the boring drill going into the earth, and the lengths of pipe that are attached as it makes its way through the ground.
Jesse directed the path of the drill and gave instructions to the machine operator as to which way to lead the drill up or down, left or right.
To cross the road, the drill needed to follow the slope of the garden down to the road, dive down to about five feet under the road and then resurface on the other side.
Black poly pipe was connected to the underground pipe and then pulled back through the length of the garden!
A long ditch was trenched right along side the building, and tunneled under a sidewalk to connect with the water source.
Then the lines could be hooked up… and the hose bib installed!
It was a big job and tremendous effort with some really hard soil, but Pacific Utility prevailed, and the High School Garden now has water! There will be four hose bibs in the different sections of the garden. Thank you so much Pacific Utility for generously donating so much time and equipment, and to the crews who worked so hard to make it happen!