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Seven described photos inside

There was an exquisitely detailed cake shaped like a water pipe, frosting bolts, flanges and water bubbling at the end. There was also a traditional bakery cake announcing "100 Miles of Main Replaced."

A neighbor dressed up her beagle as a construction worker with wrenches tucked in to his safety vest. No hard hat though.

A woman from the Water Utility's outreach department spoke to around 30 kids from the local elementary school. She talked about where water comes from, and how these kids might be designing, or digging, or doing customer service in the Water Utility when they grow up. They will certainly be paying the bills! The lesson ended with a very Madisonian chant:

"Whose water?"

Our water!

"Whose main?"

Our main!

"Whose Madison?"

Our Madison!

The kids and all of us were invited to sign the pipe before it was installed. My contribution was "Jesse the K [infrastructure] rocks"

Finally, they installed the pipe! One worker got in the excavator's cab and very carefully moved the ~500 pound, 20-foot long black iron pipe into place.

The street had already been dug up and was ready to receive the pipe: inside the 10 foot deep ditch, a steel cage called a "shoe" made a safe place for the three other workers to move the pipe around.

In the photo, you can just see one worker's hand on the edge of the shoe:

It wouldn't be a party without swag! I'm now the happy owner of a "No Water, No Coffee" mug from the Madison Water Utility.

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Date: 2017-09-14 08:07 pm (UTC)
sovay: (Lord Peter Wimsey: passion)
From: [personal profile] sovay
The kids and all of us were invited to sign the pipe before it was installed.

That is really splendid. I am also impressed by the cake.

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Date: 2017-09-14 08:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] grrlpup
This is so cool. :)

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Date: 2017-09-14 08:29 pm (UTC)
isis: (awesome)
From: [personal profile] isis
This is so fabulous! And I love the pipe-cake!

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Date: 2017-09-14 09:21 pm (UTC)
sonia: Quilted wall-hanging (Default)
From: [personal profile] sonia
Yay souvenir mug! Thanks for sharing the party.

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Date: 2017-09-14 10:56 pm (UTC)
bibliofile: Fan & papers in a stack (from my own photo) (Default)
From: [personal profile] bibliofile
OMG, what a great celebration -- to have, and to enjoy! Thanks so much for posting about it, with pics.

(Noting that the beagle also does not seem to be wearing steel-toed shoes. Proper safety gear is important!)

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Date: 2017-09-15 01:37 am (UTC)
sasha_feather: Retro-style poster of skier on pluto.   (Default)
From: [personal profile] sasha_feather
What a cool idea! Thanks for the pics!

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Date: 2017-09-15 12:20 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] luzula
Ha, I love that you are fannish about infrastructure. ♥

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