Aqua OH Ashtabula Main Replacement


Aqua announces plan to replace more than a mile of water main along Columbus Avenue in Ashtabula, Ohio

December 14, 2023 -- Aqua is announcing plans to replace a 20–inch water main along Columbus Avenue from East 6th Street south to East 27th Street in Ashtabula. The purpose of the project is to enhance service reliability by replacing the 75-year old main.

Other details about the project include:

  • Improving fire protection in the area by increasing the number of hydrants along the route from 14 to 22.
  • Increasing the number of valves from 26 to 41. Valves are used to isolate outages during repairs or maintenance.
  • The project will begin on December 20 at the intersection of Columbus Ave and East 6th Street and contractors will proceed south toward East 27th Street. Work is expected to conclude in July 2024.
  • In total, the project will replace 6,050 linear feet of 20-inch water main and new service lines for 121 customers along the route.
  • The new water mains will be constructed of ductile iron pipe which is lighter, stronger and more corrosion resistant than the cast iron it will replace.

“We’re continually evaluating our water mains based on their age, expected material service life and the number of breaks in an area,”said Aqua Ohio’s Area Manager Matt Perry. “This is a really big project, but this main is 75-years old and has begun to show its age. The new main will help assure another 75-years of reliability along this important Ashtabula corridor.”

Union Industrial Contractors of Ashtabula was selected to construct the first phase of the $4,100,000 project. Work is expected to be conducted Monday through Friday between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm. Personnel will be directing traffic to maintain flow. Drivers are asked to use extra caution in the area and may want to consider alternate routes to avoid congestion during the project.