The largest current capital project of the year for the Island Water Association has been under way for the last month with the goal of replacing all water main lines, service meters and service connections.
The aging and failing pipes are being upgraded to eight-inch mains and stainless steel saddles with state-of-the-art meters.
"Pipes in that area have been there 30 years, which is incredible," said IWA general manager-to-be Don DuBrasky. "The new pipes are larger in diameter and almost double the thickness, so they will last indefinitely."
A construction crew installs new water pipes along Sand Castle Road near the Dunes Golf & Tennis Club entrance. The $1.3 million project is replacing failing and aging pipes in the Dunes subdivision using improved material and technology.
Use of the plastic pipes and stainless steel saddles eliminates the rust and corrosion common with the older materials.
The $1.3 million project is being completed in two phases. The first phase is progressing northward from the entrance to the Dunes Golf & Tennis Club to Albatross Road, expected to be completed by the end of the year. Phase two consists of the remainder of the subdivision, expected to be completed by this time next year.
"Originally, we were going to take a break for season," said DuBrasky, "but we don't want to hold up the repaving of streets that the City of Sanibel has to do. I think we will continue the work through season."
DuBrasky said on the IWA home page on the internet, residents can watch the progression of the construction work in map form.
"The direction of progression will be updated on the map at least weekly," said DuBrasky. "People can check the map anytime and know where the work is at any time."
Visit IWA online at: www.islandwater.com