This is the last in a series of five articles explaining how OCWA–Central New York’s Water Authority–plans for, constructs and integrates water main improvement projects into our five-county service territory.  Today’s article illustrates what homeowners and businesses can expect to see after construction during the restoration phase, including a photographs of the types of activities you may see in the construction zone.

When a project is completed our contractor will start the initial steps of the clean up process. This includes the removal of old hydrants & valve boxes.  It also includes final boxing out of any pavement cuts in driveways and paved surfaces.

However, final clean up may take a longer period of time to accomplish. The weather plays an important role of when final clean up takes place. During dry times the contractor may wait for the trench settle. This will prevent a large dip in the yard in the future. Also dry periods are not conducive for grass growing. The contractor may wait to topsoil and seed until fall. This will prevent the trench line from being inundated with weeds.

During very wet times the contractor cannot spread top soil correctly. To much rain may wash the topsoil and seed away. The contractor may wait till the weather dries some to prevent spreading mud across your yard.

During the winter months proper topsoil and seeding is not possible and must wait to spring. Also pavement must be laid down within the correct temperature range.

We ask that our customers be patient when the clean up process begins. Most delays in this process are in the interest of the customer. We are well aware of each construction site and its status. Again please be patient. Your yard, driveway, street, will be attended to when the correct conditions exist to perform the best job for you.