Work on New Waterford water lines could begin in November

NEW WATERFORD — Replacing water lines throughout the village could begin in November, Fiscal Officer Dave Slagle said Wednesday.

All the money is in place for phase I and advertisements for bids have been published.

Interested contractors have been asking for information, Slagle said.

The bids for the first of two phases of an $8 million upgrade of the water distribution system will be opened at noon on Aug. 22 in the community building.

“There have been a lot of calls,” Slagle said, “with all kinds of questions.”

Once opened and accepted, the bids will be forwarded to Engineering Associates in Wooster where the details will be studied.

“They’re excellent to work with … work could begin as early as November.”

That work will be on the water tower, water tank and the water plant.

“I don’t know that they’ll want to dig dirt” on the distribution line replacement, he said in reference to winter weather setting in.

The village produces treated ground water for approximately 500 customers and distributes it through approximately 9.88 miles of main water lines, according to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

The village has been moving to replace all its water lines and has applied for grants and zero-to-low interest loan money wherever it can.

“We’ve been planning phase I for two years,” Slagle said, “we started about this time in 2015.”

Design work on phase II, which will replace the miles of distribution system lines, is currently in progress, he said.

Mayor Shane Patrone has said once the project is completed all the aged cast-iron lines will be replaced and Slagle has repeatedly noted, “It’s all the bad water lines, old steel and cast iron lines in the ground that have been giving us all the grief.”

Many of the village’s cast iron lines are clogged with more than 70 years of calcium deposits underpinning low pressure while contributing to the line breaks that have plagued the village, taking a financial toll.

“In 2014 we doubled appropriations to $39,000,” Slagle said last year, “and it’s all for water line breaks, for old lines that are breaking.”

The Ohio EPA said the original construction of the system occurred sometime in the 1940s.

In a public water system lead components report prepared in February to identify lead in the system, the Ohio EPA said, “Within the distribution system, none of the pipes or service lines themselves are known to contain any lead, however, there are joints within the system that may contain lead.”

Slagle said when the distribution line work begins, they will pretty much follow the old lines and dig down four feet, to below the frost line, when they lay in the new lines.

“There’ll be some variation but not a whole lot,” he said, adding the entire project should be completed in 2020.