Investing $4 Million to Replace 3,000 Feet of Aging Water Main in Baldwin

Water Main Replacement Project to Improve Water Quality and Service Reliability

Merrick, NY (November 9, 2018)—New York American Water is investing $4 million to install a new 20-inch ductile iron water main along three different stretches of roadway in Baldwin. The project, which is expected to begin on November 14, includes replacing 3,000 feet of four-, six-, and eight-inch water main dating as far back as 1911. The project also calls for the replacement of two fire hydrants and 25 utility-owned service lines. Overall, the project will help improve water quality, service reliability and water pressure in the area.

“Replacing aging water infrastructure is an essential part of ensuring the health and safety of our water systems now and into the future,” said New York American Water Vice President of Operations Rich Kern. “This water main replacement project presents some unique challenges given its location and the scope of work. We want to be up-front that this is a big project and it will cause some minor inconveniences at times for people who live and travel in this area; but we are confident we have an efficient plan in place and we are committed to minimizing disruptions as much as possible.”

Kern further explains the project route is located along a main thoroughfare and requires subterranean drilling beneath Sunrise Highway. The drilling, which will take place at the intersection of Sunrise Highway and Grand Avenue, will make way for the installation of a 30-inch sleeve and a 24-inch HDPE water main. Installing wider-diameter piping will enhance redundancy in case of an emergency and will also allow for more efficient operations, particularly with quickly supplying water to storage tanks in the South Baldwin and Oceanside communities.  

Weather permitting, the project is expected to begin on November 14, 2018, and will be completed in May 2019. A majority of the work will take place between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. However, to minimize impacts to traffic along Sunrise Highway, the directional drill portion of the project, which is expected to begin on November 26, 2018, will take place between 8:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. Residents should be advised that temporary lane closures are expected for one to two weeks during the directional drill portion of the project. The planned construction is expected to take place at the following locations:

  • Grand Avenue from the south side of Sunrise Highway to Brooklyn Avenue

  • Brooklyn Avenue from Grand Street to Grove Street

  • Grove Street from Brooklyn Avenue to Harvard Avenue

Commuters using the Baldwin LIRR station should also be aware that there could be an impact to parking on Brooklyn Avenue.

As the new water main is installed, temporary asphalt will be placed over the completed sections of piping at the end of each day. Final road restoration for all impacted roads is expected to take place in the spring of 2019.

New York American Water is committed to the safety of nearby residents, as well as its employees, and advises that pedestrians and drivers take caution while in the vicinity of work sites. Any resident with a concern or question about the planned work is encouraged to call New York American Water customer service center at (877) 426-6999.

New York American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water company in New York, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 350,000 people. For more information, visit or the company’s Facebook page. With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 7,100 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 45 states and Ontario, Canada. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit

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