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Dundee water project work is on track

DUNDEE--The water main project in Dundee is on track and continues to replace water lines in the village.
Steve Dean, deputy superintendent of streets and water superintendent, said that about 25 percent of the work has been completed so far.
The water line project began at the area of the new bridge and moved up 14A into the village. The route includes sections of Edwina Street, Saunders, Main, Millard and Union Streets.
Dean says, "We are going to have the lowest impact on people we can. As the streets are dug up for the new water lines, village residents will retain access to their homes. We are also going to be replacing driveway pipes as needed so we get a better flow from storm waters. It will be on an 'as needed basis.' When the contractors look at it, if it is rusted and if it is deteriorated, then they are going to fix it with a replacement of plastic pipes."
Dean said the $1.2 million project will replace some 11,000 feet of pipe total. Dean said, "That's about 550 pieces of pipe with each one measuring 20 feet."
Water line breaks occur in the village each winter. Dean estimates he has to fix between nine and 15 water line breaks every winter. He said the 100-year-old cast iron pipes are prone to cracks and breaks because they do not expand and contract during the severe winter weather. The new pipes are made of a durable flexible polypropylene plastic that is expected to be long-lasting.
The village has been tracking the number and location of water breaks for years. Ground composition and grading issues can contribute to the deterioration of the old pipe. Dean says that eventually, all the water lines in the village may need to be replaced.




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