Water Main Cleaning and 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.

Hard deposits (formed by corrosion) are removed from the interior of the main and a thin layer of cement mortar is applied to the interior pipe walls to prevent deposits from reforming. 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 completed several past Water Main Cleaning and Lining projects for the City

Public Meeting 2020 C&L Project

A public information meeting is to be held on Tuesday      ?         at the Water Bureau Operations Center, 10 Felix Street Rochester NY 14608

Download the meeting notice for more information

Construction Updates

Work will continue on completing streets from the 2019 project in April of 2020.

2019 Cleaning & Lining Project Update

 Week of May 18 through May 22, 2020 

  • Putting out Project Signs:
  • Delivering Advance Construction Notices:
  • Installing bypass pipe: 
  •   Installing Driveway Ramps: 
  • Transferring services to bypass: Alameda St; Selye Ter; 
  •   Cleaning & Lining Water Main: Lake View Ter ; Eldorado Pl; Birr St.; Burke Ter;
  • Restore services to lined water main: Lakeview Park; Fairview Heights; Lake View Ter; Eldorado Pl; Birr St; 
  • Water Main Back in Service:   Lakeview Park; Fairview Heights; Burke Ter; Lake View Ter; Eldorado Pl; Birr St;                  
  • Install Fire Hydrants:
  • Backfilling Access Holes: Lakeview Park; Lake View Terr; Fairview Heights ;
  • Remove bypass: Lakeview Park; 
  • Remove driveway ramps: 
  • Pavement Restoration: 
  •    Pavement Crack Sealing:
  •  Lawn restoration:


Project Areas 


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This project will continue in April 2020

Aster Ridgeway Flower City   Flower City Pk Lily Primrose
Birr Dewey Lake    Kislingbury Dewey Pierpont
Bryan Dewey Pierpont    Lakeview Pk Dewey Lake
Burke Augustine Birr    Lakeview Ter Eldorado Lakeview
Daisy Ridgeway Flower City Pk   Magee Dewey Lake
Eldorado Pierpont Lakeview    Marigold Ridgeway Flower City Pk
Electric Lily Raines    Pierpont Augustine Driving Park
Fairview Birr Lakeview    Raines Flower City Pk Clay



This project continues during the spring of 2020on the following streets

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Archer St         Driving Pk Ave Bryan St    Knickerbocker St Summit Grove PK Marigold St
 Argo Pk Lake View Pk          Dead End N     Lark St   Driving Pk Ave Dead End N
Augustine St Conrail RR Dove St    Luckey St Birr St Augustine St
Avis St Aster St                     Primrose St    Marigold St Ridgeway Ave Knickerbocker Ave
Bardin St Primrose St           Minder St    Minder St Ridgeway Ave Bardin St
Bidwell St Driving Pk Ave Lake View Pk   Owen St Minder St Lake Ave
 Birr St Dove St Conrail RR    Rand St Aster St              Dewey Ave
 Bryan St Lark St 210 BryanSt    Selye Ter Lark St           Dewey Ave
Desmond St Palm St          W Ridge Rd    Steko St Aster St              Dewey Ave
  Dove St           Driving Pk Ave Augustine St    Summit Grove Pk Aster St              Knickerbocker St
  Emerson St Mt Read Blvd Conrail RR    Sunrise St Knickerbocker St Avis St
  Kislingbury St Lark St Dewey Ave    Walnunt St Rte 490                 W. Broad St
  Knickerbocker St Summit Grove Pk Marigold St        
   Lark St Driving Pk Ave     Dead End N        


Frequently Asked Questions

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What To Expect

  • Advance notice letter issued shortly before construction begins (via 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 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 can not 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, Geoffrey Gugel at (585) 428-6629 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.