Reducing the Cost per Foot of Water Main Replacements PDF Print E-mail

Water main replacement costs are much higher than the most recent Utility rate plan estimate. An analysis determines that changes need to be made in the bidding and construction process to make it more cost effective. The City now bids large, stand alone water main replacement projects in the cold weather months to produce the lowest unit costs. The cost of water main replacements has dropped from $61 per foot to $49 per foot. The new process has saved the City more than $317,000 per year or well over $1 million since the project was completed in 2002. Other benefits include decreased service interruptions, improved water quality, better fire projection, and controlled utility rates.

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