Water Main Cleaning and Structural Lining Project

About the Project

The City's annual water main cleaning and lining project rehabilitates existing water mains to improve water quality and available flows for fire-fighting and add decades of useful life to the pipe.

Hard deposits (formed by corrosion) are removed from the interior of the main by mechanical scraping. A polyurethane liner is then applied to the interior pipe walls to create a smooth surface and prevent deposits from reforming. This liner will harden to become the new water main and the old iron water main can rust away without need for further maintenance.

Where necessary, temporary water pipes are used to supply water to customers during construction. The City’s contractor is Mainlining America, LLC. They have successfully performed water main cleaning and lining work for the City in the past.

Public Meeting

A public information meeting will be held on Wed. May 10, 2017 at 7 p.m. at Water Bureau Operation Center, 10 Felix Street.

Download the meeting notice for more information

Construction Updates September 25

Work began in June on this project. Updates will be posted regularly during the construction season. 

The contractor continues to make progress on the streets below. Over the next few weeks final pavement restoration and topsoil with grass will be applied on Larch St., Norton Village Lane, Village Way, and Schum Lane.                                                                                                                                   Northland Ave. will have the remaining pipe work at Waring Rd. completed this week and then it too will have final restoration and topsoil with grass seed applied. One note for Northland Ave., there is other restoration work required by the City of Rochester due to water main breaks that the contractor is not responsible for.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Lynbrook Drive is still on bypass. The contractor is planning on picking back up here on Tuesday, September 26. The hydrant Tee in front of #34 will be dug and replaced. Then, the new water main liner needs to be super-chlorinated and after 24 hours the Health Dept will take their sample and give the results about one day later. So next week the temporary bypass hoses may start coming up, meters will go back on line and final restoration and topsoil with grass seed will be applied. This may take 2 to 3 weeks or more to complete. 

 Work that will be completed the Week of October 8, 2017 through October 20, 2017:
  • Bypass Pipe Installed:   Green Knolls Drive 
  • Digging Access Holes:  Swan St., Green knolls Drive
  • Transferring Services to Bypass:  Green Knolls Drive 
  • Clean and Line Water Main: Swan St., Green Knolls Dr.   
  • Backfill Access Holes: 
  • Restore Services to Lined Water Main:   
  • Remove Bypass: 
  • Remove Driveway Ramps:    
  • Pavement Restoration: Larch St., Northland Ave., Norton Village Lane, Village Way, Schum Ln. Lynbrook Dr.   

Project Area

Download the project area map  

Larch St  Beach Ave South end of Larch St
Lynbrook Dr  Lyceum St  Traver Cir
Mt Read Blvd  #974 #1048
Norton Village Ln    Blakeslee St Bleaker Rd
Village Way  Norton St Norton Village Ln
Schum Ln  Fernwood Pk Northland Ave
Emerson St  Under railroad tracks only  
Hague St  Under railroad tracks only  
Swan St (Holly main only) E Main St East Ave 
Green Knolls Dr       Westfall Rd Westfall Rd
Northland Ave * Lyceum St       Waring Rd


*Northland Ave was recently added after this project began due to excessive water main breaks here. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Get the answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Water Main Cleaning and Structural Lining

What To Expect

  • Advance notice letter issued shortly before construction begins (look for a door hanger).
  • Contractor must access basement/utility room to temporarily remove water meter and connect temporary hoses. Meter will be stored in customer's basement/utility room.
  • No charge for water usage while meter is removed.
  • Normal quarterly base charge will still be applied to bill. 
  • Water supplied via the temporary bypass pipes is the same water that is in the water main. 

Additional Information

  • Temporary bypass pipes are disinfected and tested by the Monroe County Department of Public Health prior to activation.
  • Access holes in the street will be covered with steel plates at the end of each work day.
  • Traffic flow will be maintained.
  • Access to all driveways will be maintained
  • The lined main will be disinfected and tested by the Monroe County Department of Public Health before it is placed back in service.
  • The Contractor will coordinate with residents to reinstall the water meter and remove the temporary service.
  • All excavations will be permanently backfilled.
  • Surfaces will be restored to pre-construction condition.
  • May take approximately 1 week to remove asphalt driveway ramps after temporary bypass pipe has been removed.
  • If the contractor cannot access your basement/utility room to remove the meter and connect the temporary hoses, water service will not be maintained to your building and the property owner will be responsible for all costs necessary to unplug the water service if it becomes plugged with cement. 


If you have any questions about the project please contact the City's project manager, Tom Wood, at (585) 428-7589 or e-mail him.

For construction related issues or in the event of an emergency, call the Water Bureau's Dispatch office at (585) 428-7500. This line is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  


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