As the city celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, a reminder of its past has surfaced.
Lake Worth City Manager Michael Bornstein recently showed city commissioners a wooden water pipe that was found last year during a water main replacement project on Second Avenue North.
The wooden pipe was not in use, but was an artifact from the water system of the city.
Workers with Foster Marine Contractors found a 25-foot section of hollowed-out tree made into a water pipe running under the Florida East Coast Railway tracks while installing the new water main along Second Avenue North last summer, said Felipe Lofaso, assistant public services director.
Lofaso, a former vice president with Foster Marine Contractors, said the section of wooden pipe salvaged was one of the best-preserved parts of the longer water pipe that was found running east and west under the railroad tracks.
“It definitely continued west under the railroad tracks,” Lofaso said.
Bornstein showed the section of wooden pipe to commissioners on April 16 — the same night Lofaso and other city staffers presented a list of $63 million worth of needed improvements to roads, street drains, water lines and fire hydrants.
The road and utility line master plan notes that the city needs 15 miles of new water mains and 71 new fire hydrants to provide adequate water pressure to all parts of the city for fire protection.
The 2-foot section of wooden pipe looks like cypress, a tree native to South Florida that has been used for water lines in other cities such as New Orleans.
Bornstein, a history buff, keeps the old wooden pipe in his office as a reminder of outdated utility lines that need to be replaced.