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Louisville Water crews continue repairing water main on Eastern Pkwy.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Crews with the Louisville Water Company are making progress in repairing one of the oldest and largest water mains in the city's water system.

Crews are making repairs on the nearly century-old iron water main along Eastern Parkway in the Highlands. The plan requires sliding a smaller steel pipe inside the larger, older water main.

Louisville Water officials says the original line was installed during the 1930s. Since then there have been a number of breaks in the line, including one in April of 2014 that sent water cascading into the streets and into Tyler Park

Now it's time for a permanent fix for the nearly 100-year-old water main. The Louisville Water Company is going to replace more than two miles of the water main. The 6.4 mile-construction project runs along Eastern Parkway.

The good news is that customers who use the water main won't lose water services. 

"We're going to be able to do this without anyone losing water," said Louisville Water spokeswoman Kelley Dearing Smith. "We're going to keep Eastern Parkway open. We're going to preserve the beauty and the character. There will be traffic detours, but that comes with a project like this." 

Phase 1 of the project is underway and is scheduled for completion in mid-April of 2017. It will focus on 2.2 miles of water main running from Eastern Parkway and Beargrass Creek near Poplar Level Road to Grinstead Drive near Lexington Road and Cherokee Park.

Phase 2 is set to begin in November of 2017 followed by Phase 3 in November of 2018. The project is scheduled to end in April 2019.

Since the water main must be empty to install the new pipe, crews can only do the slip-lining in the winter months when water demand is lower. Because the utility has a network of large water mains, it can remove the Eastern Parkway main from service while other mains pick up the water load.

This is the first slip-lining project in Louisville Water history, though the practice is common in other water utilities.

"We assume a pipe's going to last 100 years when we put it in the ground, and this pipe has been in the ground since 1930 -- so close to 100 years -- so we're paving the way for the next century of people here in Louisville." 

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