HAGERSTOWN ? A Hagerstown city official says it will cost more than $17 million to replace the aging water lines that run from the R.C. Willson Water Treatment Plant to the city's West End.
City Utilities Director Michael Spiker said the lines are up to 80 years old, and break about nine times a year in cold weather. Each break costs the city between $10,000 and $35,000 to fix. That price excludes the cost of millions of gallons of treated water that are lost.
Spiker, who presented the situation to the City Council on Tuesday, said if the council approves, the project could begin in 2009 and take roughly two years to finish. The preliminary cost is about $17.3 million, he said.
Funding for the project probably would come from typical funding sources, including state financing, city bond financing and water-allocation fees, Spiker wrote in a memorandum.