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City Crews Work to Replace Water Pipes
DAYTON -- The City of Dayton is now spending millions of dollars to replace water pipes that are more than 100 years old.
It'll happen over the next 10 years.
Crews are revving up their engines to replace thousands of feet of water main pipes across the City of Dayton.
They're digging into the streets and pulling out pipes that were placed there as far back as 18-60.
They're not just old, but in some cases, those pipes could impact your safety.
"The size capacity back in the 1860's you didn't need as much flow," said Scott Holmes, Chief Engineer for the City of Dayton Water Department, "When a fire happens and you need a lot of water to put out today's fire, you just runout of water you don't get as much volume out so it's harder to fight fires."
Right now, crews are replacing this 6-inch pipe with this 8-inch brand new pipe across the city, but this 3-inch pipe is rare and is the worst case scenario.
"I think Belmont has been notorious for low water pressure, at least the whole time I've lived here, so hopefully that helps," said Dustin Hoel, lives in Dayton.
Dustin Hoel lives on donald street in Dayton.
The freshly laid asphalt shows the track of the new, much cleaner water main pipe city crews installed.
We showed Hoel this video of the old pipes versus the new.
"That's crazy, looks like it was pretty nasty inside there too," said Hoel.
We're told the reddish colored stuff inside the pipe is minerals from the water and isn't harmful.
But it does block the flow of water and can stop firefighters from getting what they need to put out flames.
"By making the pipes bigger," said Hoel, "We'll have that capacity for any fire emergencies that come up."
The city is also spending 80-million-dollars to replace sewer lines as well.
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