GARY, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — Indiana American Water (NYSE: AWK) has kicked off a more than $24 million campaign to replace water mains in Gary. The utility says says the project will retire about five miles of water mains and add nearly 11 miles of new water mains over the next three years.
The project aims to replace or retire steel and cast-iron pipe along Sixth and Seventh Avenues from Wabash Avenue to Kentucky Street along with several north-south streets in the area.
“When we purchased this system more than two decades ago, we knew significant investments were needed. Since that time, we have already invested more than $400 million in our water infrastructure in northwest Indiana. These investments will improve the reliability of our distribution system and enhance system flows and firefighting capabilities across Lake and Porter counties,” said Indiana American Water President Matt Prine.
Gary Mayor Jerome Prince says the planned improvements are needed in the area.
“Investment in water infrastructure is critical to the success of Gary and all of northwest Indiana. Water from Indiana American Water sourced from Lake Michigan is considered a premium product in the region and is a key part of the high quality of life we depend on every day, ” said Prince.
The work is being done by Rex Construction and design and inspection services are provided by DLZ.