Water Fact

Water Fact

You could survive about a month without food, but you could only survive 5 or 6 days without water.

2016 Structural Lining Program


The existing water mains on Allens Creek Road (between Clover Street and house #439), Whitney Road (between Oak Hill Terrace and house #430) and Scottsville Road (between the rail road tracks and Paul Road) will be cleaned and structurally lined by a contractor hired by the Water Authority.

MCWA is using a cured-in-place-pipe (CIPP) lining product  to rehabilitate the existing water main instead of replacing it.  The CIPP liner is pulled into the existing pipe using a winch.  Once installed, the lining is cured using warm water. When cured, the CIPP is considered equivalent to a replacement pipe and does not rely on the existing water main for strength.  Along with reducing the possibility of future water main breaks, the smooth interior of the CIPP will improve water quality and enhance the ability to maintain pressures and flow for firefighting purposes.

A cleaning and lining project requires only small excavations to access the main at about 500 foot intervals and at locations where water mains intersect or there are valves or hydrant connections.  Water services can be reinstated from within the water main by a remote controlled robot.  Occasionally some services need to be dug up at the water main.

The first step of the contractor’s work is to lay temporary bypass piping. This temporary piping is chlorinated, flushed, and health sampled by the Department of Health. After the health samples are approved, each customer’s home is temporarily connected by a hose to the bypass system. Excavations are then made at selected locations, and the main is cut to allow access for preparation and lining work.  After all preparation work is done, the main is flushed clean.  The contractor then installs the CIPP lining system into the existing main. If conditions warrant, old fire hydrants and valves are replaced. After the lining cures, the lining is inspected with a video camera and then the main is pressure tested for leaks. Before customers are returned to the refurbished main, it is chlorinated, flushed, and tested by the Department of Health.

During final restoration, the temporary bypass system is removed and disturbed areas are restored to their preconstruction condition. Temporary asphalt is removed, and permanent asphalt is installed in paved areas. Lawn areas are graded and seeded, and the contractor is responsible for getting all seeded areas to grow properly.


The schedule depends on a number of factors, but we anticipate the work on Allens Creek Road beginning in early May and finishing in late June.  The work on Whitney Road will begin in early June and finish in late July.  The work on Scottsville Road will begin in mid-August and finish in late October.


You may contact our Customer Service department at (585) 442-7200 weekdays from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, or our Dispatcher at (585) 442-2009 weekdays before 8:30 and after 4:30 pm, and on weekends and holidays with questions or concerns. A Water Authority inspector will be onsite throughout construction. Our inspectors carry an ID card and drive a company vehicle with a Water Authority logo on it. They are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Project Bulletin

Click below for a project bulletin with further information on this project.

Project Bulletin - Allens Creek Road

Project Bulletin - Whitney Road

Project Bulletin - Scottsville Road 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What determines replacement, relocation or relining of water mains?
A: Evaluation is primarily based on pipe age, the occurrence of breaks and repairs, and future hydraulic considerations.

Q: Will our water services need to be repaired?
A: The Water Authority is typically responsible for the portion of each building's water service that is in the public right-of-way or water main easement, up to and including the curb stop. The Water Authority will replace its portion of your service line and the curb stop during the project if needed.

Q: Will I have water service during the project?
A: If the water main that serves your home is being replaced, you will be notified in advance of any non-emergency service outages. Service to homes is temporarily shut down during installation of new service connections to the curb stop and during tie-in connections at the end of the water main installation.

Q: What are the advantages of cleaning and lining water mains?
A: Along with improved water quality, the ability to maintain pressures and flow for firefighting purposes is enhanced by the smoother pipeline interior. Additionally, there is a significant cost advantage to cleaning and lining over replacing mains.

Q: If cleaning removes tuberculation and restores flow, why bother with lining?
A: Cleaning does not remove the causes of corrosion or tuberculation. In a pipeline that has been cleaned and returned to service, corrosive influences go to work immediately at an accelerated rate. Cleaning followed by the application of a cement-mortar protects against the recurrence of corrosion and tuberculation.

Q: How are sections of pipe removed and replaced?
A: Access excavations are made approximately every 500 feet and at locations of pipe intersections. Pipe sections are cut for removal utilizing pipe saws. The removed pipe sections are cleaned and lined above ground and re-installed.

Q: How soon after lining can the pipeline be put back in service?
A: Service can usually be restored within 48 hours at operating pressure.

Q: Will there be open trenches at night?
A: No. The site must be left in a safe condition by the contractor and trenches will be protected with orange construction fence.

Q: Is the contractor penalized if the project is not completed on time?
A: Yes, there are provisions in the contract to ensure the project is completed in a timely manner.

Q: Will damage to my lawn be repaired?
A: Yes, lawn areas are graded and seeded and the contractor is responsible for proper regrowth.