Tyler Water Utilities to replace thousands of feet of water main lines

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Published: Jul. 7, 2021 at 3:35 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 7, 2021 at 7:47 PM CDT
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Tyler Water Utilities is replacing water main lines in the north end of Tyler.

It is a three-phase project which is currently in phase one, in which the city is replacing 2,000 feet in the water main pipe on West 10th Street from S. Vine Ave to S. Kennedy Ave. It is a project that is expected to improve homeowners’ water pressure and quality, as well as eliminate stagnant water.

According to Tyler Water Utilities operation manager Timothy Moore, the utility company is replacing water main pipes that were put in the ground during the 1950s in several parts of north Tyler

“The pipe in the ground right now is a two in water main that has been reduced to maybe an inch and a half or one inch due to the tuberculation that has settled into that old pipe,” said Moore.

Tuberculation is when small mounds of corrosion build up in old pipes. Those old pipes currently have led to water pressure being down for several homeowners.

While the project is being completed, residents will never lose water and won’t be able to access certain driveways for several hours. With new pipe on the way, the city says residents can expect improved water flow and more quality water for showers, cooking, and drinking.

“The amount of flow coming out the service which will increase from 15 to 17 gallons per minute. It will also increase their pressure from 59 to 79 psi,” said Moore.

Phase one is expected to be finished July 21; two more phases are set to begin on North Azalea Dr. and W Camellia St.

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