Update on the water main replacement project in Enterprise

Published: Feb. 11, 2020 at 5:48 PM CST
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The Enterprise Water Board gave an update on their water main project to the city commission earlier Tuesday afternoon.

Phase one of the water main replacement project in enterprise is nearing completion 11 months after it began.

“It included replacing miles and miles of old dilapidated water mains" said Alan Mahan, field superintendent for the Enterprise water board.

The first phase has focused on the lines that posed the biggest threat of damage and leaking throughout the city due to old age.

“Some of these lines are well over 70, 80 years old" he continued.

So the city is replacing the old galvanized piping with PVC piping which has a longer life expectancy.

Mahan says “PVC has been around since 1970. So there’s been lines in the ground since that time. Life expectancy, I would say at least a hundred years."

The project is being paid for thanks to a 10 million dollar bond issue.

“Phase one was 1.9 million. Phase two was 1.5 million.”

Most of the streets are located near downtown Enterprise, including W. Brunson Street, N. Reed Street, and Cook Street.

“So it encompassed about 30 streets, 30 locations" he explained.

The alleys on the East and West side of Main Street are the last piece of the first phase to be completed.

Enterprise is not only investing in its infrastructure, but in the safety of its citizens as well.

“The two things is water quality and savings on repairs and cutting down your unaccounted water" Mahan concluded.

Phase one is expected to be complete next month.

Phase two is set to begin one week from Tuesday and should be finished in November of 2020.