Pennbrook Area Water Main and Meter Pit Construction Project
About the Project
North Penn Water Authority (NPWA) will begin construction to replace approximately 12,000 feet of water main with 8-inch ductile iron pipe and install new water meter pits in the Pennbrook Area in Lansdale Borough.
This new water main will replace an older 6-inch and 8-inch water main prone to breakage and will improve system reliability, water quality and fire protection in this area.
NPWA’s contractor (SJM Construction Co. Inc.) will begin mobilization and construction the week of July 15, 2019. The contractor may have two construction crews working simultaneously in the construction zone. NPWA will provide a second notice with more specific information to customers prior to construction starting on each individual street.
After completion of the water main installation, the water services will be renewed from the new water main to the property owner’s curb stop located in the utility right of way behind the curb in the grass or sidewalk. In conjunction with the service renewal work, new water meter pits will then be installed just past the new curb stops at all properties. Once all construction is completed at this point restoration will begin, including soil, grass, concrete and trench restoration.
We anticipate the construction work to take approximately 4 months for the entire area. This work is being done in cooperation with Lansdale Borough’s 2020 overlay schedule.
About the New Water Meter Pit
Following the construction of new water main on your street, meter pits will be added to all services that are renewed.
There is mutual benefit to having a meter pit. A meter pit allows the Authority full access to the meter and reading equipment without ever having to access your home or business. No one will have to take a vacation day to wait for an NPWA Field Service Representative to service his or her meter. Actual meter readings will be obtained for every billing. NPWA will own and maintain the meter pit.
As part of a continuous plan to improve the quality and accuracy of meter readings, NPWA has added an advanced meter reading system that provides daily readings to the Authority. If continuous usage is detected for an extended time, NPWA’s Customer Service Department is alerted. The Authority can then proactively investigate to determine if a problem exists and notify the customer immediately. Currently, we must wait until the readings are processed for billing, once every three months. In order for our customers to see the full benefit, we must install new meters that read to a higher resolution. In the coming weeks, as services are switched to the new water main, these new meters will be installed in the meter pit. After the new meter is installed, an NPWA Customer Service Representative will contact you to remove the existing meter and reading equipment at a time that is convenient for you.
Should you have a question about water meters, meter readings, or billing, please contact NPWA Customer Service at 215-855-3617, option #3.
Monday, July 15- Mobilization and construction will begin. Construction will take approximately 4 months, weather permitting.
Another notice will be distributed to customers prior to work beginning on each block.
Detour- Hancock will be closed and a detour will take drivers to Main Street via Walnut Street and Church Road.
In order to ensure the public and workers’ safety, roads NPWA is working on will be closed to through traffic during the hours of work (7:00 am – 4:00 pm). Notifications will be distributed when your block is scheduled for construction.
A road closure and detour will be in effect on Hancock Street during the hours of construction.
At the end of each workday, the roadway will be open and traversable.
School buses, emergency vehicles and residents will have access to their homes, but may experience minor delays in some instances.
“No Parking” signs will be placed out in the area of anticipated construction the day before. We ask that you move your vehicles off the street so that construction can safely take place.
We will make every effort to keep unobstructed access open to local residents to the fullest extent possible.
We have notified the School District and your local emergency response units to assure they will have access and that your essential services are not interrupted.
For your protection, we have videotaped the property frontage of your curbs, sidewalks, blacktop, lawns and driveways to ensure that any damage that may be caused is restored to a condition that is at least equal to the current condition. All concrete, blacktop, or grassy areas that are dug up will be restored.
We regret any inconvenience that you may experience during this period. This improvement project is part of our ongoing, asset management plan to replace older water mains in order to continue to provide our customers with high quality drinking water and adequate fire protection.
Please contact Jim Sharayko, Construction Superintendent, at 215-855-3617 Monday through Friday between 7:30 am and 3:30 pm.