East Durham Waterline Replacement

  1. Project Update | March 18, 2022

    Updates on the East Durham Water, Sewer, and Stormwater - Phase 1 Project. Read on...
  2. Project Update | January 20, 2022

    The City appreciates your interest in these improvements. A public meeting for the East Durham Water, Sewer, and Stormwater Phase 1A project was held January 11, 2022; meeting video is now available. Easement staking begins the week of February 1, 2022. Read on...
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Project description - PHASE 1A

Phase 1A of this project includes approximately 3,500 feet of waterline replacements, approximately 4,200 feet of sanitary sewer replacements or rehabilitation, and approximately 1,100 feet of stormwater improvements. The project is estimated to cost approximately $6 million and will be paid for with capital improvement program (CIP) funds. The project is in the design and permitting phase. Construction is planned to begin in the summer of 2022 and is estimated to last approximately 12 months.

The Phase 1A project area is shown in the map below, along with project brochures containing frequently asked questions (FAQ). The brochures also include detailed project maps showing utility lines proposed for repair and/or replacement and easements required to complete the work.Map of Phase 1A of the East Durham Waterline Project Opens in new windowPhase 1A Project FAQs
Fase 1A Del Proyecto Preguntas Frecuentes (Español)
Phase 1A Belt Street Area
Fase 1A Área de Belt Street
Phase 1A Lincoln Street Area
Fase 1A Área de Lincoln Street

PROJECT updates

Public Meeting
A public meeting to discuss the East Durham Water, Sewer, and Stormwater Improvements Project – Phase 1A was held on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 6 p.m. Click here to view the January 11, 2022 public meeting presentation. Video of the meeting--in English and Spanish--can also be found here:

East Durham Water, Sewer, and Stormwater, Phase 1A public meeting - January 11, 2022 - English (Closed captioning of this video will be uploaded by Friday, January 21, 2022.

East Durham Water, Sewer, and Stormwater, Phase 1A public meeting - January 11, 2022 - Spanish audio

Easement Staking
City Contractors will begin staking proposed easement boundaries the week of February 1, 2022. Proposed easements are shown in the Phase 1A Belt Street Area and Phase 1A Lincoln Street Area figures provided with the FAQ.

If you have any questions or comments about this project, please reach out to the project managers. 

  • City of Durham Water Management - Harmon Henderson - Email
    919-560-4381, ext. 35285
  • City of Durham Public Works - Antwon Williams - Email
    919-560-4326, ext. 30254
  • Hazen and Sawyer - Nichole Johnson - Email

PROJECT background

The departments of Water Management and Public Works are improving water, sewer, and stormwater infrastructure between Fayetteville Street and Alston Avenue. Additional improvements will stretch from Linwood Avenue to Hopkins Street. The study area for the improvements can be viewed on the project area map. The project area does not include areas that were previously rehabilitated or replaced.

Public Works is responsible for managing the City’s rights-of-way including roadway, sidewalk, and stormwater infrastructure. Water Management has worked with Public Works to verify that this infrastructure is also evaluated and assessed within the boundaries of our East Durham project. Roadway and sidewalk infrastructure in need of replacement and/or improvement will be included in water and sewer rehabilitation projects. Two areas within East Durham have already been identified for stormwater infrastructure improvements to address flooding and aging infrastructure. These areas are: 1) Belt Street between Morning Glory Avenue and Franklin Street; and 2) Lincoln Street between Simmons Street and Linwood Avenue.

The Assessment phase of this project was conducted in the summer 2019 through spring 2020. Assessment activities included survey; water meter, fire hydrant and water valve assessments; stormwater and sewer main inspection; flow monitoring; dye testing; and smoke testing. The project will replace existing water, sewer, and stormwater infrastructure in the project area that have reached the end of their useful life. As part of the Assessment phase, the consultant developed a design and construction phasing plan to complete all required upgrades to the existing infrastructure within the study area over a five-year period. 

Following the Assessment phase, the consultant will move into the Study/Design phase, which will include geotechnical borings and Level A SUE. The City anticipates that the required improvements will be packaged into five to six phases each lasting 18-24 months. 

If you want to receive project design and construction updates, please contact one of the project managers. 

Project Brochure - English

Folleto de Proyecto - Español