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Rehoboth to begin water main project Oct. 10

Contractors will begin work on a water main replacement projeft on Henlopen Avenue in Rehoboth Beach Tuesday, Oct. 10. Work is expected to last until the end of the year. RYAN MAVITY PHOTO
October 10, 2017

Work to replace 3,800 feet of water main on Henlopen Avenue in Rehoboth Beach will get underway Tuesday, Oct. 10.

Contractor A-Del Construction will replace the old 4-inch iron pipes, which date back to the 1940s, with 8-inch PVC pipes that do not rust or corrode. City spokeswoman Krys Johnson said the new pipes will not only increase water flow and improve reliability but will also enhance firefighting capabilities.

Work will begin at Second Street and end at Grove Street. Johnson said while the roadway is opened in sections to install the new lines, traffic will be reduced to one lane on Henlopen Avenue. Driveway access and on-street parking will be restricted.

Johnson said crews will contact residents to minimize inconvenience. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday and is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Johnson said trash pickup will continue as scheduled.

“We are pleased to start on this important water system improvement project to ensure our water service remains reliable for our customers for decades to come,” said City Manager Sharon Lynn. “We are committed to making improvements that will serve our customers well during both normal operations and in the case of an emergency.”

Johnson said residents along Henlopen can expect a disruption in water service for an hour or so. She said whenever water service is turned off and back on residents should flush the lines by running water until it appears clear.

For updates, visit cityofrehoboth.com or contact the communications department at 302-227-2772 or communications@cityofrehoboth.com.