Aqua Pennsylvania will replace aging 6-inch cast iron water mains on Arboretum Road between Old Farm Road to Hedgerow Lane, and on Old Farm Road between Greenwood Avenue as part of Aqua Pennsylvania’s continuing infrastructure improvement program.
Construction will typically take place weekdays between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Access will be provided for emergency, mail, school buses and trash services. Residents will have access to their properties, but at times will need to enter from a different direction due to changing work zones. Aqua Pennsylvania will notify customers 24 hours in advance of any scheduled shutdown, however, as with any construction project, an emergency shutdown might be necessary. If that happens Aqua will restore service as soon as possible.
New water mains reduce the potential for main breaks and discolored water, and improve water flow in the area. Aqua installed nearly 40 miles of new main to improve service reliability in Montgomery County in 2018. The $422,000 project is scheduled to begin the week of June 17, 2019 with the installation of 1,498 feet of 8-inch ductile iron pipe, with completion expected in September. Aqua will have an inspector on the job each day to answer questions.
Following the installation of the new water main, there will be a period of time during which the main will be chlorinated and tested before being put into service. During this phase, activity on the job site will be limited. Once testing has been completed, Aqua Pennsylvania will transfer each water service and any fire hydrants onto the new main. The trench will be covered with temporary blacktop at the end of each work day. Once all of the activity described has been completed, permanent restoration will follow in about 30 to 60 days.