East Durham Waterline Replacement

Project Facts

The departments of Water Management and Public Works are assessing required improvements to the existing water, sewer, and stormwater infrastructure between Fayetteville Street and Alston Avenue, and from Linwood Avenue to Hopkins Street. The study area for the improvements can be viewed on the project area map. The project area does not include areas that were previously rehabilitated or replaced.

The Assessment phase will begin in May 2019 and continue through early spring 2020. Assessment activities will include survey, CCTV, stormwater and sewer main inspection, flow monitoring, dye testing, and smoke testing as necessary. The project will replace existing water, sewer, and stormwater infrastructure in the project area that have reached the end of their usable life. As part of the Assessment phase, the consultant will recommend a design and construction phasing plan to complete all required upgrades to the existing infrastructure within the study area over a five-year period.

Following the Assessment phase, the consultant will move into the Study/Design phase which will include geotechnical borings and Level A SUE. The City anticipates that the required improvements will be packaged into four to six phases each lasting 18-24 months. Phase 1 construction is expected to begin in mid-summer 2021.

If you want to receive project design and construction updates, please contact one of the project managers to have your email address added to the project mailing list.

Discolored Tap Water - What to Do

Part of the Assessment phase will include valve operation and assessment of water mains in the project area. Valve operation causes a change to the direction of water flow and sometimes causes an increase in velocity in the mains in the surrounding area. Slight water discoloration is entirely normal for up to 24 hours following valve operation. Customers can flush water in their private lines by turning on cold water from several faucets at once to flush discolored water out of the interior plumbing system. Customers whose water service is temporarily interrupted as a result of valve operation should flush their lines as an extra preventative measure, by running cold water through showers, bathtubs, or other fixtures at full force. This helps clear lines of air and sediment that may have entered the line as a result of the service interruption.