Crews working to replace nearly 100-year-old water pipes in Sharon

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SHARON, Pa. (WKBN) – There’s a major water main replacement project happening in Sharon. It’s expected to improve customers’ overall service.

On Monday, crews started with the $515,000 project in the area of Bechtol Avenue and Fisher Hill Street. They’re working to replace the main lines that feed water into the neighborhood.

“It just can’t hold the pressure and so we’re replacing it with this new water line, which is an iron pipe,” said Anthony Horvath, an Aqua Pennsylvania construction inspector.

Some of the pipes are close to 100 years old and could cause water main breaks.

“The old, abandoned lines have accumulation in it, reducing the inside diameter down in size because of accumulation inside,” Horvath said.

Some neighbors said having the road closed is a little bit of an inconvenience.

“It’s just a big pain in the butt having to go all the way around,” Jennifer Sailar said. “It’s easier to go down our street than down the neighboring streets.”

Still, she said it’ll be worth it, especially once the road is paved.

“This road is kind of rough.”

“For the little bit of inconvenience it causes, it’s all worth it,” Horvath said.

The pipe will flow better and there will be fewer chances for water main breaks.

“Just like a brand new car, it’s going to run smooth and clean again, the way it’s supposed to,” Horvath said.

Aqua Pennsylvania is working with the city and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to get the work done.

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