Aqua Ohio Replacing 80-Year-Old Water Main in Poland

STRUTHERS, Ohio — Aqua Ohio announced plans to replace 6,350 linear feet of water main that serves customers in the Village of Poland and Poland Township.

Construction is expected to begin by the end of March and should be finished in late summer, according to a company release.

“This project is all about improving service reliability,” said Jennifer Johnson, Aqua Ohio’s area manager. “The cast iron main we’re replacing was installed in 1944 and it’s reached the end of its useful life. We’ve seen the frequency of water main breaks, and resulting service interruptions, increase over the past several years and it’s time to take action.”

The project entails replacing 6,350 feet of six-inch and 12-inch pipe, as well as 11 fire hydrants and 14 valves, according to the release.

Construction will be along Venloe Drive, Edgewater Drive and North Main Street (state Route 170) between Hamilton Avenue and Johnston Place. Traffic will be maintained, but lane restrictions may be required. Drivers in the area, especially along North Main Street, are asked to use extra caution as workers will be entering the roadway.

Service is expected to be maintained during construction, but customers on Route 170 will experience short-term interruptions near the end of the project while their services are connected to the new main. Aqua will notify those customers ahead of the interruptions.

Aqua expects the project to cost $830,000. This year, the company looks to spend more than $70 million across its 33 Ohio systems, some $8.9 million of which will be spent locally, Johnson said.

For more information, customers can contact Project Manager Andy Hippley at [email protected].

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.