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 2019 C&L Project

A public information meeting is to be held on Tuesday  May 7, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the Water Bureau Operations Center, 10 Felix Street Rochester NY 14608

Download the meeting notice for more information

Construction Updates

Work will continue on completing streets from the 2018 project in April of 2019.

Week of August 26, 2019 through August 30, 2019

 The contractor is currently working on completing the following streets from the 2018 and 2019 Projects

  • Putting out Project Signs: Raines Pk; Marigold St; Daisy St; Aster St;
  • Delivering Advance Construction Notices:  Raines Pk; Marigold St (Flower City to Ridgeway); Daisy St (Flower City to Ridgway); Aster St (Flower City to Ridgeway) 
  • Installing bypass pipe: 
  •   Installing Driveway Ramps: Raines Pk (Flower City to Magee) Flower City Park(Primrose to Lily); Marigold St (Flower City to Ridgeway); Daisy St (Flower City to Ridgeway);  Aster St (Flower City to Ridgeway) 
  • Digging Access holes: Raines Pk (Flower City to Magee);  Flower City Pk ( Primrose to Lily); Marigold St (Flower City to Magee); Daisy St (Flower City to Ridgeway); Aster St (Flower City to Ridgeway) 
  • Transferring services to bypass:  Raines Pk (Flower City to Magee); Flower City (Primrose to Lily); Marigold (Flower City to Ridgeway); Daisy (Flower City to Ridgeway); Aster (Flower City to Ridgeway)
  • Clean and line water main: Electric Ave(Dewey to Lily)
  • Restore services to lined water main: Magee Ave; Electric Ave (Raines to Dewey) 
  •  Water Main Back in Service: Magee Ave; Electric Ave (Raines to Dewey); Electric Ave (Dewey to Lily)                                          
  • Install Fire Hydrants:
  • Backfilling Access Holes: Electric Ave (Dewey to Lily)    
  • Remove bypass:   Electric Ave (Raines to Dewey)
  • Remove driveway ramps: Magee Ave; Electric Ave (Raines to Dewey)
  • Pavement Restoration: All Streets 2018 Contract
  •    Pavement Crack Sealing: All Streets 2018 Contract
  •  Lawn restoration: All Streets 2018 Contract


Project Areas 


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This project will begin in May of 2019

Aster Ridgeway Flower City   Flower City Pk Lily Primrose
Birr Dewey Lake    Kislingbury Dewey Pierpont
Bryan Dewey Pierpont    Lakeview Pk Dewey Lake
Burke Augustine Birr    Lakeview Ter Eldorado Lakeview
Daisy Ridgeway Flower City Pk   Magee Dewey Lake
Eldorado Pierpont Lakeview    Marigold Ridgeway Flower City Pk
Electric Lily Raines    Pierpont Augustine Driving Park
Fairview Birr Lakeview    Raines Flower City Pk Clay



This project continues during the spring of 2019 on the following streets

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Arbordale  Blossom Corwin   Gramercy Pk Dorchester Corwin
Balsam N Winton Arbordale   Marion Blossom Atlantic
Carling Atlantic S of Humboldt   Nottingham Cir Juniper dead End
Delray Drexmore Atlantic   Nottingham Rd Nottingham Cir Arbordale
Drexmore Carling Drexmore   Woodland  N. Winton Arbordale
Floverton Blossom to east End           


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.