Water main replacement closes Chipman street in Owosso

OWOSSO (WJRT) (4/3/2018) - It's not a water main break this time closing Chipman Street in Owosso.

But after a few of them over the past years, the water main is now being replaced.

"We have water main break history going back 10,15, 20 years," said Owosso Public Works Director Glenn Chinavare.

He said the repeated breaks are a sign that the pipe needs to be replaced.

"The greatest benefit is the liability of the quantity that is available here," he said. "This is an old 6-inch main that's probably down to 4 inches due to the coating of the lime that's used for treatment."

That is why he says they're not only replacing but also upgrading the pipes.

"A 12-inch main is going to give them a good supply of water, plus it opens up the opportunity to send water down Stewart Street to the western part of the community," Chinavare said.

While crews are already digging into Chipman Street from south to Stewart, they're also going to repave the roadway, which is in need of some help.

"This road is quickly crumbling. It's in need of rehab," Chinavare said.

The project is just getting started and won't wrap up until June.

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