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Work to begin on Harvard Avenue water line

Updated: Tuesday, July 8 2014, 06:38 PM EDT

WTOV9.com
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio - A 70-year-old water pipe that has endured major main breaks on a street in Steubenville will soon be replaced.
City officials said they are excited about a new water pipe near Harvard Avenue.
Residents who live in the area will get a chance to weigh in on how they feel about it at a Town Hall-style meeting Wednesday night.
The issue? Homeowners who have a lead pipes in their homes. City officials say those residents will have to pay for an upgrade to a copper or plastic pipe, which could be pricey.
"The project will affect about 27 residents," said City Engineer Mike Dolak said. "From our inspections out there a couple of weeks ago, we strongly feel that a lot of the homes - the majority of the homes -- will have copper piping, which will be a good thing"
 "I feel sad for them because a lot of people can't afford that," resident Pat Gorby said. "There's a lot of older people on this street, and I don't know whether they can afford that or not."
So far, city officials say they have not come across a homeowner who has lead pipes, but they are not ruling it out.
City officials said they are waiting for a final grant to get approved, and they expect that to happen sometime this week.
Once the grant is approved, construction will likely start the end of July or the beginning of August.

Work to begin on Harvard Avenue water line


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