City Votes on Water Service Improvement Contract

City Votes on Water Service Improvement Contract

By: Bryan Boggiano

A flood of trouble could be mitigated for parts of Coral Springs by replacing galvanized steel water lines with polyethylene.

The city commission will vote Wednesday to award Marcdan, Inc. a $425,640 contract to replace lines for parts of northeastern Coral Springs. 

Coral Springs’s utilities department receives most of its customer complaints about galvanized lines. When these pipes break or leak, they lead to water loss and repairs, increasing costs to the city.  The galvanized steel lines will be replaced with polyethylene pipes, which reduce water loss due to leaks and increase water pressure. 

The service line is the portion of the pipe from the main located in the street to the meter or property line. This is distinct from the water line from the meter to the home, which is the property owner’s responsibility, according to the city. 

Neighborhoods that would see water service line replacements are east of Woodside Drive between Northwest 40th Street and Northwest 44th Court — which includes The Dells.

The proposed improvements are part of an existing program to replace galvanized service water lines in the city’s water service area between Royal Palm Boulevard and Wiles Road and include northeast Coral Springs east of Riverside Drive. 

That program is 11 years old and receives funds through the Water and Sewer Fund. Part of the Utilities Master Plan, the city has spent close to $4.7 million replacing water service lines in seven years.

City Votes on Water Service Improvement Contract

High-density polyethylene pipes. {ejprescott.com}

If the commission approves Marcdan’s bid, the company will have about nine months to complete the project. 

Marcdan, the city, or both, would have to give residents one or two day’s notice about water being shut off for two hours with a door hanger. 

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