Countywide water improvement projects announced

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Construction to replace more than 4.5 miles of aging water mains in the Mon Valley and Washington County has begun, Pennsylvania American Water announced this week.


The cost of the work, which will improve service reliability and fire protection for residents, is about $3.6 million.


“These projects will replace mains that date back to the early 1900s,” said Dave Gumbert, Pennsylvania American Water’s manager of field operations.


Over the next several months, the company plans to replace aging water mains in the following communities:


• Canonsburg, Moore Avenue;


• Chartiers Township, Ivy Court and Lawn Street;


• McDonald, Third Street;


• Mt. Pleasant, various streets in Westland;


• Peters Township, East Edgewood Drive;


• Washington, Taft Street, and Cherry, North Franklin, Cleveland and Oak avenues.


Josephine Posti, external affairs specialist, said construction has begun in some areas and the water company hopes to complete pipe replacement by the end of March. Restoration, including asphalt and vegetation, will be done in warmer months.


Most of the mains are 6- or 8-inch pipes, she said. The longest, about 1,500 feet, is in Westland, and the remainder are between 300 and 800 feet, which means work on those projects should last a couple of weeks.


Traffic disruptions should be limited to single lanes of traffic.


During construction, customers might experience temporary service interruptions, discolored water and/or lower-than-normal water pressure. For more information, call Pennsylvania American Water’s customer service center at 1-800-565-7292.


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