Water Main Cleaning and Lining Project

About the Project

The City's annual water main cleaning and lining project rehabilitates existing water mains to improve water quality and available flows for fire-fighting.

Hard deposits (formed by corrosion) are removed from the interior of the main and a thin layer of cement mortar is applied to the interior pipe walls to prevent deposits from reforming. Where necessary, temporary water pipes are used to supply water to customers during construction. The City’s contractor is Mainlining America, LLC. They have successfully completed several past Water Main Cleaning and Lining projects for the City

Public Meeting

A public information meeting will be held on Monday May 15, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Water Bureau Operations Center; 10 Felix Street; Rochester NY 14608

Download the meeting notice for more information

Construction Updates

Work on the 2017 project is expected to begin in late May. Updates will be posted each week once work is underway.

Week of May 8:  

The 2016 project is scheduled to resume in May 2017 with the Cleaning and Lining of Orange St from Saxton St to Grape St and Oakland St from Rockingham St to Caroline St. 

  • Installing bypass pipe:   none
  • Digging Access holes:  none
  • Transferring services to bypass: none 
  • Clean and line water main: none
  • Backfill access holes: none
  • Restore services to lined water main:  none
  • Remove bypass: none
  • Remove driveway ramps: none
  • Pavement restoration: none 

Project Area

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Central Pk  W First St N. Goodman   Hempel St  First St Sixth St
Central Pk  W First St N. Goodman   High St  Sixth St N. Goodman
Coleman Ter  Hempel St Clifford Av   Keller St  Sixth St N. Goodman
Crombie St  Bay St Hempel St   Mona St  Bay St High St
Eighth St  Wabash St Bay St   Peck St  Hayward Av N. Goodman
Englert St  Sanders St Harvest St   Pennsylvania Av  First St N. Goodman
Fifth St  Central Pk Bay St   Priscilla St  Keller St Clifford Av
First St  Pennsylvania Central Pk   Railroad St  East Main St Westerly
First St  Central Pk Bay St   Sanders St  Bay St Hempel St
First St  Bay St Clifford Av   Second St  Pennsylvania Av Central Pk
Forester St  W Frances N. Goodman   Seventh St  Central Pk Bay St
Fourth St  Railroad St Pennsylvania Av   Short St  Sixth St Seventh St
Fourth St  Pennsylvania Central Pk   Sixth St  Pennsylvania Av Central Pk
Frances St  Bay St Forester St   Sixth St  Bay St Clifford Av
Garnet St  Keller St Clifford Av   Teresa St  Bay St Sanders St
Garson Av  Peck St N. Goodman   Third St  Pennsylvania Av Bay St
Harvest St  Bay St Hempel St   Wabash St  Seventh St N. Goodman
Hayward Av  Peck St N. Goodman        


Frequently Asked Questions

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What To Expect

  • Advance notice letter issued shortly before construction begins (via door hanger).
  • Contractor must access basement/utility room to temporarily remove water meter and connect temporary hoses. Meter will be stored in customer's basement/utility room.
  • No charge for water usage while meter is removed.
  • Normal quarterly base charge will still be applied to bill. 
  • Water supplied via the temporary bypass pipes is the same water that is in the water main. 

Additional Information

  • Temporary bypass pipes are disinfected and tested by the Monroe County Department of Public Health prior to activation.
  • Access holes in the street will be covered with steel plates at the end of each work day.
  • Traffic flow will be maintained.
  • Access to all driveways will be maintained
  • The lined main will be disinfected and tested by the Monroe County Department of Public Health before it is placed back in service.
  • The Contractor will coordinate with residents to reinstall the water meter and remove the temporary service.
  • All excavations will be permanently backfilled.
  • Surfaces restored to pre-construction condition.
  • May take approximately 1 week to remove asphalt driveway ramps after temporary bypass pipe has been removed.
  • If the contractor can not access your basement/utility room to remove the meter and connect the temporary hoses, water service will not be maintained to your building and the property owner will be responsible for all costs necessary to unplug the water service if it becomes plugged with cement. 


If you have any questions about the project, please contact the City's project manager, Geoffrey Gugel at (585) 428-6629 or e-mail him.

For construction related issues or in the event of an emergency, call the Water Bureau's Dispatch office at (585) 428-7500. This line is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.