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PITTSTON — Pennsylvania American Water soon will begin work on a main replacement project that will cost about $1.3 million in Pittston and West Pittston.

The work, which gets under way the last week of this month, includes the replacement of more than 9,000 feet of aging pipe to improve reliability for customers, reduce service disruptions and increase water flows for firefighting.

Crews will install new 8-inch ductile-iron pipe that replaces existing 4- and 6-inch cast-iron pipes that date as far back as the 1920s. The Pittston streets that will have the new piping installed under them are:

• Dock Street

• Water Street

• New Street

• West Street

• River Street

• Morgan Lane

In addition, 2,800 feet of new pipe will be installed along Ann and Elm streets in West Pittston. The project also involves replacing four fire hydrants in Pittston and West Pittston.

“To ensure that we continue to provide reliable water service to our customers, we need to reinvest in the local water infrastructure, particularly the areas where nearly 100-year old pipeline needs to be replaced,” said Anthony Gangemi, superintendent of field services for Pennsylvania American Water.

Construction will take place between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The company expects to complete the installation, including transfer of all customer services and final paving restoration, by the end of September.

It’s been a busy year for the utility company in Luzerne County. Including this project, main replacement has or will be undertaken under streets in 15 municipalities this year from the Pittston to the West Side to Mountain Top. Altogether those projects replace 36,145 feet of antiquated pipe at a cost of $5.9 million.

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