MEDINA — City Service Director Nino Piccoli said the South Prospect Street project to clear up discolored water issues is close to completion.
“We’re hopeful it’s finished this week,” Piccoli said Tuesday.
City Council authorized spending $75,000 this week to fund a portion of the work.
Of the 45 homes on Prospect between Lafayette and West Smith roads, 31 were connected to a 4-inch cast-iron main line the city estimates dates to 1907.
The city believes these old main lines were the cause of discolored water in the vicinity.
To correct the issue, the city is switching homeowners to an 8-inch main line on the west side of Prospect.
Fourteen of the 31 homes, however, are on the east side of the street and Fechko Excavating, a Medina contractor, had to bore under Prospect so those houses could be hooked up to the 8-inch line.
From the main line to the houses, many of the water lines are of galvanized steel, Piccoli has said, and could be 80 to 100 years old. City code requires the lines to be copper.
Dynamerican, a local plumbing company, agreed to install the new copper service lines for $1,000 per household.
Piccoli has said that work normally could cost $4,000 to $8,000. For those who can’t afford the $1,000, the city will offer a two-year deferred payment plan for about $42 a month, starting in January.