Mayor Henry joins business leaders for ground breaking of new water main

Mayor Tom Henry joined business leaders from the Industrial Park Area and utilities staff to break ground for the construction of a new water main on Directors Row and Secretary Drive Tuesday.

Posted: May. 15, 2018 7:17 PM
Updated: May. 16, 2018 9:26 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- The new pipe will replace the 8 inch 1961 cast iron pipe that's seen 17 water main breaks over the past five years.

The new pipe is a 12 inch diameter, high density, plastic pipe that will reduce the number of unplanned disruptions caused by breaks.

"We appreciate the fact that the city decided to move forward with this project here as quickly as they did based on the water main breaks that have been occuring," branch manager of UniFirst Jeremy Reis said.

City Utilities’ water distribution system currently includes 1,403 miles of water pipe; 355 of those miles are beyond their useful life.

While some of the city's pipes are more than 100-years-old, age is not the only factor that determines when a pipe should be replaced.

Cast iron pipe, like the current one on Directors Row, is part of a thinner line of pipe that was manufactured and installed from 1940-1970.

Many of those pipes are in need of replacement due to their deteriorated condition.

The Director's Row project is expected to be complete by September of this year.

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