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Posted on: October 11, 2022

Aqua's Main Replacement Project

Aqua Main Replacement

Dear Customer,

I am writing to provide details regarding Aqua Pennsylvania's upcoming construction work that is scheduled in your neighborhood or place of business.  The week of October 24, 2022, Aqua Pennsylvania will begin the replacement of 1,961 feet of aging 6-inch water mains with new 6-and 8-inch ductile iron water mains on South Devon Avenue between Eaton Drive and South Valley Forge Road, South Valley Forge Road between South Devon Avenue and Grange Road, Valley Forge Terrance from South Devon Avenue to the end of the cul-de-sac by house #112 Valley Forge Terrace in Radnor and Easttown Townships.

The $463,000 project is part of our continuing infrastructure improvement program that replaced more than 41 miles of aging main in Delaware County in 2021 to improve service reliability for customers.  The new water main will reduce the potential for main breaks, discolored water and improve water flow in the area.

Construction will generally take place weekdays between 7:00 AM and 4:00 PM.  During times of construction access will be provided for emergency, mail and trash service.  Residents will have access to their properties, but at times will need to enter from different directions due to changing work zones.  Following installation, the new main will be flushed, chlorinated and tested for water quality before being placed into service.  During the chlorination/testing phase, activity on the job site will be limited.  Once the water quality testing has been completed, we will transfer each water service and fire hydrant to the new main.  When all final connections are made to mains on side streets, the old main will be abandoned.  It is important to note the trench will be covered with temporary blacktop at the end of each workday.

We will notify customers ahead of any planned water service interruptions and will provide 24 hours advance notice for any scheduled interruption greater than 30 minutes.  Aqua will have an inspector on the job each day to answer your questions.

Apart from the specific project details described here, you may call us at 610-328-7713 with any questions.  

Sincerely,

Alan Roth
Manager of Construction
Aqua Pennsylvania
700 W. Sproul Road
Springfield, PA 19064

A Reminder About Water Emergencies - If you see running water, immediately call Aqua at 877-987-2782.

Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation during this important project to ensure continued water quality and reliable service.  If you have any questions, please call 877-987-2782.

What Can I Expect? 

  1. Aqua contractors will alert Pennsylvania One Call of the proposed excavation so facility owners can locate and mark their facilities.   You might see Aqua employees and other utility representatives marking the street in specific colors so their facilities can be identified.
  2. Necessary materials and equipment, including pipe and construction equipment, will be staged nearby.
  3. Excavation will begin.  The old main will remain in place so customers' service will not be interrupted without notification, except during an emergency.  All excavated roadway will be covered at the end of the day with a temporary blacktop.
  4. Once the new main is installed it will be flushed and disinfected, after which water testing will determine when customers' homes can be connected to the new main.
  5. Service lines are transferred, new fire hydrants are installed and side-street pipes are connected to the new main.  The process requires excavation of the temporary blacktop.
  6. Final road restoration will comply with local and, or state highway specifications.  It is important to note that the temporary blacktop will remain in place for a minimum of 30 days before the final restoration of the road and other disturbed areas begins.

FAQs

Will you restore lawn areas and sidewalks?
Yes, grassy areas will be reseeded, but will require regular care for a complete return to the original condition.  Sidewalks will be temporarily patched at the end of each working day.  Final sidewalk restoration will take place after the pipe is installed and in service, but no sooner than 30 days following completion of the project.

Will you repave my entire driveway?
No.  We will restore and repave any areas of your driveway that were impacted by our work to upgrade the existing water facilities.

How long until you repair the excavation area?
The temporary blacktop will remain in place for a minimum of 30 days before the final restoration of the road and other disturbed areas begins.  Final road restoration will comply with local and/or state highway specifications.  If you discover an area that has not been temporarily restored or restoration is beginning to deteriorate, please feel free to contact us and we will address the issue.

Why do I see asphalt placed on the ditch after the water main is installed?  Does this mean that work is complete?
This practice is common throughout the utility industry to temporarily secure the trench and ensure that the material used to fill the trench does not enter the roadway.  It is not an indication that work is complete.

Why do you only pave a portion of the street?
Aqua follows all local and state specifications when restoring the street, or any portion thereof, to its original condition.  Typically, state and local regulations only require the resurfacing of the disturbed traffic lane.

Will you restore the street in the winter?
Inclement weather will impact this work.  If we can't restore to the original conditions due to weather, we will maintain the temporary patch and restore the area when weather permits.

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