Pennsylvania American Water announced upgrades to nearly 7,000 feet of water main in Wilkes-Barre to improve reliability for customers, reduce service disruptions and increase water flows for firefighting.
The cost of the system improvements, which replace water main dating as far back as 1885, is around $1.1 million.
The company started earlier this month replacing existing four- and six-inch cast iron water mains with new eight-inch ductile iron pipe along several streets in the city, including: Dougher Lane; Essex Lane; Hart Street; South Franklin Street; Regent Street; Hayes Lane; and Lloyds Lane.
Also included in the project is 900 feet of new pipe along Center St. in Wilkes-Barre Township.
The company expects to complete the water main installation, including transfer of all customer services, final restoration, and paving by end of summer.
Pennsylvania American Water is a subsidiary of American Water.