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Albany Water Department to Replace Underground Water Utilities in City’s Arbor Hill Neighborhood

September 11, 2020

Date: September 11, 2020

Contact: Emily Lyons
(518) 545-7682

ALBANY, NY – The Albany Water Department (AWD) is improving underground water utilities on Orange Street in Albany’s Arbor Hill neighborhood to ensure continued access to reliable drinking water and fire protection.

This project will replace an existing 100-year-old water main and outdated lead water services for the homes on Orange Street between Henry Johnson Boulevard and Lark Street. This project will also add a drinking fountain to the recently revitalized Orange Street Park. The water main replacement work began on September 3, 2020 and is expected to last approximately 6 weeks.

To reduce the health risks associated with lead pipes, AWD has a goal to eventually replace all lead services City-wide. Currently, lead services exist in many Albany homes, especially those built before 1940. This improvement project is a great benefit to the residents on Orange Street as it will replace these homeowner-owned lead services with copper services at no cost to the homeowners and residents. Homeowners in the project area will receive direct communication from AWD on how to participate in the program. Residents can learn more about the program here or by calling the Albany Water Department Customer Service Center at (518) 434-5300.

“Part of creating a city where every neighborhood works includes planning for the future,” said Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. “These investments by the Albany Water Department are yet another example of the City's commitment to delivering reliable and high-quality water supply and fire protection to our customers in every neighborhood for decades to come.”

“The Water Department is committed to an annual capital program including water and sewer line replacement and rehabilitation to upgrade infrastructure throughout the City,” said Albany Water Commissioner Joe Coffey. “We also are committed eliminating all lead water services in the City. This project is a significant investment to provide sustainable infrastructure to the project area including new copper water services.”

“I applaud Mayor Sheehan and her administration for continuing to prioritize investment in our historically underserved neighborhoods,” said 3rd Ward Common Councilmember Joyce Love. “I urge our neighbors on Orange Street to take advantage of this important, no-cost program.”

Sanitary sewer replacement utilizing trenchless technology was also completed in the neighborhood earlier this summer, restoring the old pipes to like-new condition. This work was performed with minimal disruption to the residents and will reduce the chance of a sewer main break for many years to come.