AUBURN, Mass. - Improvements are underway to replace the 12-inch ductile iron water main on Pakachoag Street in Auburn this week.
According to a letter to residents from the Elm Hill Water District, the current water main is "undersized and outdated".
The new water main will have a thin coating of cement which will protect it from corrosion.During the water main replacement, water services will be replaced from the main in the street to the property line.
According to Elm Hill Water District Manager Edward Guries, the project will be constructed in three phases along Pakachoag Street.
"Phase 1 is between Goddard Drive and Curtis Street. Phase 2 and 3 are between Curtis Street and Jerome Avenue, and Jerome Avenue to the Worcester City Line, respectively," Guries wrote.
Construction for Phase 1 began on Monday, March 19.
Residents will be provided with temporary water through a temporary by-pass piping system, if necessary. Connections will be made from a temporary pipeline laid alongside the curb of the street to each adjacent residence.
If residents experience poor water flow, low pressure, and / or rusty water after the water main in the street is replaced, they are encouraged to call the Elm Hill Water District at 508-755-5448 to inquire about the age of their water service.
According to Guries, "Generally, services more than 50 years old should be replaced."
"We are working closely with all local officials and the police department to minimize traffic disruptions and doing our best to see that the construction goes smoothly," he wrote.
Questions or concerns should be directed to Matthew S. Barry, Construction Inspector at 508-303-9400 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org