JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Missouri American Water has initiated two projects to upgrade water main in Jefferson City, investing $550,000.
The two water main projects, which will replace and upsize the pipes, will enhance the reliability of water service Missouri American Water provides to its customers.
- Adams Street – Missouri American Water will be replacing more than 525 feet of 4-inch cast iron pipe with 8-inch PVC water main on Adams Street from East Capitol Ave to East High Street. This was the only stretch of main in the area not already served by an 8-inch main, so upsizing the old pipe will improve service and safety by increasing fire flow.
- West McCarty Street – Missouri American Water will be replacing 1,475 feet of 1950s era 6-inch cast iron with new 8-inch PVC on West McCarty from Ella Street to Hub Street. This stretch of main being replaced had a history of breaks.
“Aging infrastructure is a challenge we face across the state, from our water mains to our treatment plants,” said Debbie Dewey, president of Missouri American Water. “We are committed to working with legislators and key stakeholders so we can attract more capital for these types of planned replacement projects that increase service and reliability for our customers.”
Main breaks, which occur for a number of reasons including temperature and pipe deterioration from age and soil corrosion, can be very costly and inconvenient to fix, as they often cause pavement and property damage, service interruptions and boil advisories.
Brent Haas, Operations Manager for Missouri American Water’s Jefferson City district, said, “We’re seeing more main breaks as the pipes age. Obtaining capital for planned replacement projects helps prevent emergency breaks, which we know can be very frustrating for customers and local businesses.”
Work on these projects generally will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Weather-pending, the projects are expected to be completed by the end of November, with restoration of any disturbed land to be completed in spring 2020.
During construction, customers might experience temporary water service interruptions, discolored water and/or lower-than-normal water pressure. For more information, contact Missouri American Water at 866-430-0820.
Missouri American Water
Missouri American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 1.5 million people.
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