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Leak-prone water lines to be replaced in Amherst

Four of the most leak-prone water lines in the Town of Amherst will be replaced this year as the town looks to fix failed cast iron pipe with new PVC and ductile iron pipe.

The Town Board approved borrowing nearly $2.3 million to fund the improvements, which include replacing:

  • 1,200 linear feet of 12 inch water main between 20 Pineview Drive and Creekside Drive
  • 2,400 linear feet of 8-inch water main between 876 Maple Road and Clearfield Drive.
  • 2,100 linear feet of 8-inch water main along Old Oak Post Road, from Dodge Road to Moorgate Court
  • and 2,200 linear feet of 8-inch watermain on Millbrooke Drive and Park Forest Drive

These existing cast iron waterlines have been serviced for 58 breaks over the past decade, Town Engineer Jeffrey Burroughs told the board. The improvements will improve water pressure and reliability in those neighborhoods, he added. The work on Maple Road will be done in conjunction with Erie County's work on Maple this summer, he said.

Construction is expected to take place between April and November this year. The 20-year bond on $2,285,000 will add $1.91 per year to the tax bill of a property assessed at $100,000.

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