LAKE WORTH — To help improve water quality, the city replaced a 1,000-foot, two-inch water main on North N Street, the first of a six-phase, $17 million project.
“This is one of the biggest quality of life projects for our residents,” Mayor Pam Triolo said during a brief ribbon cutting ceremony this afternoon. “We’re looking at a cohesive way to move this city forward.”
Triolo said she’s always been concerned about the city’s water as well as the inconsistent water pressure.
“I always wondered why I wasn’t getting the best water from my faucet,” she said.
Water Utility Director Brian Shields said city crews performed the work for about $50,000. He said the job would have cost over $100,000 if it was bid out to contract.
Two-inch water mains were replaced with four-inch water mains on North N Street between 13th Avenue North to 15th Avenue North to increase water flow from 100 gallons a minute to 600 gallons a minute.
The next phase, scheduled to start in about a month, will be on Lakeside Drive, south M Street and South J Street between 11th Avenue South and 18th Avenue South. That should take about a month to complete, Shields said.
When the project is finished in six years, Shields said 22 miles of water mains will have been replaced.
That’s the length of more than 300 football fields for those keeping score at home.