Paducah Water has been providing high-quality and reliable water service to its customers since 1885. Today, Paducah Water provides an abundant supply of water to more than 26,000 service connections in Paducah and McCracken County, as well as parts of Graves and Marshall Counties. In July of 2012, Paducah Water put out for bid a project of approximately 7,000 feet of new 6-inch water mains consisting of C900 PVC and ductile iron pipe. The new mains were to replace existing 4-inch and 6-inch asbestos cement (AC) mains installed in the 1960's which were subject to leaks and breaks. At one particular location, the water main was to be installed using pipe bursting methods. Bill Robertson, General Manager of Paducah Water, mentioned he had been looking for a perfect spot to try out some technologies new to Paducah Water – one of which was pipe bursting. A 1,245-foot section of 4-inch AC pipe located on the edge of an alley with crisscrossing sewer and gas lines was chosen for pipe bursting using Fusible PVC® pipe.
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