North Oviatt Waterline Replacement
Project Update 6/25/2021
The N. Oviatt Street waterline replacement project is anticipate to begin the week of June 28, weather permitting. Work will begin in the northern section of the project between Aurora Street and College Street. During all phases of construction, N. Oviatt Street will be closed to through traffic and detours will be posted. During the course of the project, the City will have a City representative on site monitoring the contractors work.
The North Oviatt Street Waterline Replacment Project will replace the existing, 100-year-old, 6” diameter water main on N. Oviatt Street with a new 8” diameter waterline from E. Streetsboro Street, approximately 1,600 feet north to the Aurora Road. The project also includes the replacement of water services within the right-of-way between the main and the valve located near the sidewalk. See project map below. This section of waterline has had 14 breaks over the last twenty years, continues to be a maintenance issue for the City Public Works Department. The Engineering and Public Works Departments will be scheduling a public meeting this spring to review the plans and discuss the project with the public prior to construction. The construction of the project is currently scheduled for the summer of 2021 and is anticipated to be completed in the fall, 2021. Resurfacing of N. Oviatt Street will take place in 2022 after construction at the nearby school is complete.
The Ohio EPA has notified cities throughout the state that when public water service (PWS) providers are planning a water main replacement project within an area that may have lead service lines, they must comply with Ohio Administrative Code 3745-81-84: Lead Service Line (LSL) Requirements. The rule requires that the PWS must first provide the private side owner a prior notice of the work to be performed and offer to replace the private side of the service line. The EPA does not dictate who must pay for the replacement. If the owner declines to have their water service replaced, the PWS must collect a water sample and provide testing following the main replacement. The PWS must also offer a drinking water filter certified to remove lead. The replacement program is voluntary for owners.
The City has applied to the Ohio EPA for a principal forgiveness loan (grant) which would pay for the private side replacements, from the sidewalk to the house, for those owners with lead service lines. For more information about lead water services click here.