About the Project
Pascoag Utility District (PUD) is happy to announce that the 3rd phase of our water main cleaning and cement lining project, awarded to Dewcon, Inc., will begin work again in late March or early April, weather permitting.
The work will include cleaning and lining the water mains on Rock Avenue near High Street, Howard Avenue, Charles Street and South Main Street. The work includes the replacement of all valves and fire hydrants along those streets.
While the work is going on, temporary street-level water mains (called “bypass mains”) will be installed to serve our customers. There may be some very temporary service disruptions and occasional rusty water incidents as water service is moved to the temporary bypass mains and then back again once the cleaning and lining is complete.
PUD is very happy our customers approved this work, which, together with Phases 1 and 2, will provide the equivalent of new water mains, valves and hydrants for almost 50% of our system. Please bear with us during the temporary inconvenience while the work proceeds. The project should be finished by the end of October, again, weather permitting.
What to Expect
- Advance notice letter issued 48 hours before temporary bypass mains are installed.
- Contractor must access the location of where the water meter is and connect temporary hoses.
- Water supplied via the temporary bypass pipes is the same water that is in the water main.
- The bypass mains and newly lined mains are cleaned and tested for bacteria prior to the customer being switched over.
- Special fittings located on the bypass pipe will allow the fire department to connect their fire hoses directly to the bypass pipe, thereby maintaining firefighting capability while the water main is out of service.
- There may be some very temporary service disruptions and occasional rusty water incidents as water service is moved to the temporary bypass mains and then back again once the cleaning and lining is complete.
- Water bills will be estimated for the duration of time that the bypass mains are connected to your water meter.
- We will be updating our website, Facebook (www.facebook.com/PascoagUtilityDistrict) and sending out phone calls and text messages through the Town of Burrillville’s Code Red system (sign up here at https://public.coderedweb.com/cne/en-US/E674A3CA5643), with periodic updates regarding the Project.
Phase 3 will consist of Rock Avenue near High Street, Howard Avenue, Charles St. and South Main Street. This will bring us up to almost 50% of our water mains being cleaned and lined.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Water Main Cement Cleaning/Lining Project?
Pascoag’s water infrastructure is made up of 100 year old Cast Iron distribution pipes which are subject to a buildup of sediment over time. The cement lining project provides 0.125 to 0.25 inch cement lining on the inside walls of the pipes. This lining is corrosion resistant, increases pipe rigidity and is certified for Potable Water Use. The lining for the water mains will last between 50 to 100 years and is much less expensive than replacing water mains.
Why am I seeing Dewcon trucks everywhere?
Dewcon, Inc. was awarded the contract for the Phase 3 Water Main Cleaning/Lining Project.
Will the water be tested while the project is happening?
The bypass mains and newly lined mains are cleaned and tested for bacteria prior to the customer being switched over. Water testing is conducted by a state-approved laboratory.
How long will the Project last?
Phase 3 of the project will begin (weather permitting) in late March or early April and continue through October (weather permitting).
Why do I not have cold water?
The temporary Bypass line which is above ground, is subject to direct sunlight. Unfortunately, the water in the bypass line will be subject to outside temperatures and direct sun light. This is temporary and we apologize for this inconvenience.
The fire hydrants are covered? What will the fire department do in case of an emergency?
Yes, for safety reasons all regular fire hydrants in the bypass area have been covered so they cannot be utilized. Special fittings located on the bypass pipe will allow the fire department to connect their fire hoses directly to the bypass pipe, thereby maintaining firefighting capability while the water main is out of service.
Why are there two hoses coming into my house?
The first hose is a source hose which is feeding your home from the bypass line while the original main distribution line is re-lined with cement. The second hose is a “blow-back” line.
What exactly is a “blow-back”?
The blow back hose, or blow back line, is connected to your original water service line which is connected to the original distribution line. Once Biszko cement lines the portion of the distribution pipe that is located directly in front of your home, they will need access to blow air into the “Blow-back” line. This process clears the new unset mortar; providing unobstructed service flow from the newly lined water main back into your home.
Why do I have low water pressure?
The reason for the reduced water pressure is because of the smaller Bypass line feeding all areas during construction. Original water main sizes vary from 6” to 14” throughout some construction areas. Water pressure will be restored as soon as the lining project is complete.
Will I still be receiving a water bill?
You will still be receiving a water bill. The bill will be estimated based on past usage, for the duration of the time that you are connected to the bypass mains.