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Suez water work this week might disrupt service for customers

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

717-944-4628
Posted 6/15/20

The water main along Vine Street in Middletown from East High to East Main streets will be shut down Tuesday as part of a water line replacement project that is beginning today, Suez has …

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Suez water work this week might disrupt service for customers

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The water main along Vine Street in Middletown from East High to East Main streets will be shut down Tuesday as part of a water line replacement project that is beginning today, Suez has announced.

The shutdown might result in water service being interrupted for customers in the area, and traffic detours from the hours of 8 a.m. Tuesday until 3 p.m., according to Suez, the private company that operates the borough’s water and sewer systems under a 50-year lease agreement that began in 2015.

Once water service is restored, customers should run their tap for about 15 minutes to allow any potential debris to pass through, Suez says.

If your water does not run clear after 30 minutes, you should call Suez customer service at 888-844-0352, or send an email to suezmiddletowncustserv@suez.com.

The water main shutdown is necessary to complete removing the existing water main tie-in and other work that is required for the project.

The shutdown is part of Suez replacing about 5,300 feet of aging water mains and valves throughout Middletown. The project starts today with the first of the planned water main replacements being done on East High Street between High Street and Briarcliff Road. That project is to be completed by June 26, according to Suez.

The entire project is to last until Nov. 24 of this year. Work will also include road restoration and paving improvements in the affected areas, according to Suez.

Work will be done between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Customers will also be notified of the work in their area at least 48 hours in advance through door hangings placed by Suez. 

The other areas of the borough to be affected over the next few months are as follows, according to Suez:

• June 29 to July 10, North Race Street between East High and East Main streets.

• July 13 to July 23, Hoffman Avenue between North Race and Vine streets.

• July 24 to Aug. 5 — East High Street between Briarcliff Road and Spruce Street.

• Aug. 6 to Aug. 7 — Hoffman Avenue to North Race Street.

• Aug. 10-18 — Wilson Street between South Catherine and Wood streets.

• Aug. 19-21 — Wilson Street between Wood and Lawrence streets.

• Aug. 24-25 — Grant and Wilson streets between Lawrence and Ann streets.

• Aug. 26 to Sept. 1 — Vine Street between East High to East Main streets.

Nearly half — 44 percent — of pipes throughout 30,000 linear feet of water mains in Middletown are at risk according to engineers, Suez said. The mains are all less than 6 inches in diameter.

“Not addressing this issue could lead to an increase in water main breaks, lack of fire protection and safety, low system pressure, and an increase in system leaks and unaccounted for water,” according to Suez.

Suez said it will post weekly updates on the project on its Facebook page and at mysuezwater.com.

Residents with questions or concerns about the project should call Suez at 888-844-0352.