News release from Missouri American Water:
Joplin, Mo. (December 19, 2012) - Missouri American Water crews are replacing about 1400 feet of an 2-inch diameter water main and simultaneously upgrading it to an 8-inch diameter water main along Mina Street in Joplin. The replacement work began this week and is slated for completion in the next three weeks.
The project will replace a water line that is over 60 years old with a new section of 8-inch diameter pipe, increasing service reliability and enhancing fire protection The work is part of Missouri American Water's proactive water main replacement program, designed to identify and replace water lines that are at the end of their useful lives. Two new fire hydrants are also being installed during the project.
Replacement projects are selected based upon their community benefits, including reducing water main breaks and improving the overall integrity of the water system in the area. Missouri American Water maintains approximately 493 miles of water mains in the Joplin area.
In February of 2012, the American Water Works Association released a report addressing the aggregate costs of repairing and expanding the United States drinking water infrastructure will top $1 trillion over the next 25 years.
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