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Small clams causing big problems for KID

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KENNEWICK, Wash--  This Friday the Kennewick Irrigation District will be putting in a cone-shaped steel collar inside the piping near Edison Street to rid any clams.  There are dozens and dozens of clams around the pipe.  And those are just the ones we can see.

Last week, the Edison pipes saw some service disruption and K.I.D. leaders say they were able to get many clams taken care of.  This is another attempt that will essentially let the pipe clean out itself.  But doing so will require a slight stop in service.  Workers say don't always point the finger; these are old pipes we're dealing with.

"We found something we weren't expecting," explains Beth Smith with the Kennewick Irrigation District.  "But, you know, it's pretty normal.  We've got over 88 miles of open canals, 22,000  customers.  We're going to have some outages."

The canal will be shut down around 1:30 in the morning Friday.  Then workers will take apart the old pipe and make their changes.  Water should be back around 8 at night.   As for the people affected--the area of service is from 10th Avenue, down Edison over to Olympia.