West Virginia American Water announced Tuesday it plans to spend $2.1 million to replace nearly 7.5 miles of aging water pipes in Kanawha and Putnam counties.
Jeffrey McIntyre, company president, said the effort was part of an ongoing project to improve aging infrastructure. Some of the pipes to be replaced were laid as far back as 1920.
"Simply put, allowing water infrastructure to lapse puts our communities at risk," McIntyre said.
During the last five years the company has invested $97 million in system improvements to its water treatment facilities and distribution systems.
"By supporting needed improvements, customers and West Virginia American Water are working together to keep the water flowing now and well into the future - all for about a penny a gallon," he said.
In Charleston, lines will be replaced along South Ruffner Avenue and Edgewood, Sugar Creek, Reveal, Vermont, Corvair and Walnut drives.
Lines will also be replaced in portions of South Charleston, Cross Lanes, Nitro, Poca, Sissonville,
Clendenin, Campbell's Creek, Cannelton and Montgomery.
Projects are either already under way or will begin later this spring. The company said crews will work during daylight hours and attempt to minimize any service or street traffic disruptions as much as possible.