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Carol Beach Water System Improvements
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Improvements will be made to the Carol Beach Water system along 9th Avenue from 111th Street to 114th Street. A contractor and Village crews will work together to install 8” water main. Because of sandy soil conditions and in an effort to preserve the roadway and improved driveways, a contractor will bore holes, or tunnels, to lay the main as opposed to trenching the entire project.
Originally, the area was served by a private well and a private water utility system. After discovering Radium in the well water during the 1980s, the Village received a grant from the Department of Natural Resources to extend Lake Michigan water to homes in the area from existing Village mains in 39th Avenue along 116th Street.
The DNR grant did not provide any funds for removal of the old water main and its replacement with new main, so the original, cast iron, 6” main is still in use. Because of the age, size and makeup of the main and the type of soil conditions in the area, the original cast iron mains are subject to corrosion and often break. Over time, as funds have become available, the Village has been updating portions of the water main throughout Carol Beach.
The current improvements will affect roughly a four-block area in Carol Beach along 9th Avenue. Village crews, in cooperation with RJ Underground, have begun work on the project. Because Village crews will be able to perform portions of the work themselves, the Village will realize a savings of almost $37,500 over the original project estimate.