$7 million to upgrade aging water pipes

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) — An early morning water main break in downtown Springfield is keeping Bridge Street closed for about a week. 22News found out what’s causing many of these pipes to burst, and how much it will cost you to fix those re-occurring problems.

Tara Temple lives on Sumner Avenue just a few feet away from where the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission are working to replace aging pipes underneath the road.

“It’s pretty loud, I swear its just as loud as you hear it outside I swear and it’s such an old building and being on the second floor it amplifies,” Temple said.

Projects like the one on Sumner Avenue are not only noisy but they cause traffic delays as they’ve reduced a four lane road down to two.

However, the Water and Sewer commission told 22News the upgrades are essential. They’re spending $7 million for 21 piping projects throughout the city like the one on Sumner Ave.

Commission spokesperson Joyce Mulvaney told 22News a four year long assessment, using underground cameras, revealed nearly 10 thousand feet of sewer lines and more than 9,000 feet of water pipes in need of improvement.

“And the improvements are to improve the pipes so that they’re not at risk of failure. Obviously we don’t want them failing,” Mulvaney said.

Mulvaney also said the upgrades will mean Springfield residents will see their bill go up. The total percentage of ratepayers bill increase will be decided following a public meeting on June 3rd in Springfield’s City Hall at 6:00 P.M.

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