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Akron, Ohio

City Plans $2 Million Investment to Replace Aging Water Mains

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Project funded through State grants and low-interest loan will reduce costly water main failures

City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of Ellen Lander Nischt, Press Secretary
Published: 04-24-2018

Akron, Ohio, April 24, 2018 The City of Akron has obtained funding to replace more than a dozen water mains across the City, which will help to ensure continued operation and prevent costly and inconvenient failures. The $2 million project will be funded through an Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) grant for annual water main construction, and a low-interest loan through the Ohio EPA’s Water Supply Revolving Loan Account. 

“For this program, we identified the water mains that have the most frequent issues with breaks and emergency repairs and those that will improve circulation and hydraulic pressure for our customers,” Director of Public Service John Moore said. “Like many urban communities, much of our water infrastructure is original to the creation of our water supply system in the early 1900’s. Many of these pipes are nearly 100 years old, and if not replaced, will continue to collapse and cause disruptions in service.”

“Our goal is to replace as many of these troublesome water mains as we can—and we were fortunate to secure $1 million in grant funds from the State of Ohio to help offset the cost of this year’s program.”

In recent years, the City has only been able to replace a few thousand feet of water main each year. Thanks to the OPWC grant, the City plans to replace 3.5 miles (20,300 feet) of water mains in 2018. A map showing the locations of the water mains included in the 2018 program is available here.

The City is completing the project in coordination with the 2018 resurfacing program to take advantage of planned construction work and prevent disruption to newly-repaved roadways. Additionally, any lead services identified within these water main construction locations will be replaced with copper services as part of the project.

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For further information, contact:
Ellen Lander Nischt
Press Secretary / Assistant Director of Law
166 South High Street, Suite 200
Akron, OH 44313
Phone: (330) 375-2325
E-mail: [email protected]

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