Columbia Water and Light to begin water line replacement

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COLUMBIA — A project to replace existing water lines in the Gregory Heights neighborhood is set to begin Monday.

The existing pipes are aged, and the city needs more water going into the area for both consumption and firefighting purposes. Many of the water mains are currently in residents' back yards, which has made repairs difficult in the past. Columbia Water and Light will install new water mains by the curbs and reconnect residents with new service lines. 

Columbia Water and Light Spokesperson Connie Kacprowicz said there will be some traffic lane restrictions during the project, and neighborhood residents traveling through the area should expect minor delays.

She said the city will work with property owners to try and avoid any issues that could come as a result of the construction.

"Especially when we attach them to the new water main, there will need to be a short outage as that connection is done. So we'll work with the property owners to make sure that they're aware of that and make it a convenient time for them."

Construction for the project is planned to last until March 2017.

"This is going to be a longer-term project, so it's very much weather dependent. Hopefully we'll have a mild winter, and they'll be able to get the work done quickly," Kacprowicz said.