In 2011, the City began implementing a program to replace and rehabilitate water and sewer mains that are aging and deteriorating. Many of our pipes were installed in the early 1900s and they are small compared to modern water mains. Their small size, coupled with corrosion over the years, has affected the flow rate and quality of water in our community. This program targets pipe that has exceeded its useful service life to improve fire flows and improve water quality by removing corrosion by-products, thereby reducing the potential for biofilms and bacteriological activity. Depending on their condition, pipes are replaced (along with valves, fire hydrants, and water service lines from the water main to the customer water meter) or they are cleaned and lined if possible.