New waterlines on Glendalyn Avenue installed

Update Thursday, November 15: 

Work at the intersection of Glendalyn Avenue and Pine Street is finished, and all roads are open to through traffic.

What is the Glendalyn Avenue Waterline Rehab Project?

Spartanburg Water replaced approximately 3,050 feet of existing waterline located along Glendalyn Avenue from South Pine Street to Connecticut Avenue. These waterlines carry treated drinking water from the treatment plant to the homes in the community. Private service lines from each home are connected to this main pipe, and it is critical to keep water flowing to you and your family.

Why is this replacement project necessary?

The previous waterline has been in place for  years and had reached the end of its useful life. Repairs to breaks in this aging waterline increased in recent years, adding to the cost of maintaining and keeping it in service. The existing cast iron pipe was replaced with new ductile iron pipe. Ductile iron pipe is a durable pipe that is made to last over 100 years.

What are the benefits to residents of the replacement project?

Line breaks often result in the disruption of water service and the inconvenience of work crews being in the area. The new line will provide better service and mean fewer repairs, fewer disruptions for your water service and less inconvenience from work crews. Replacement of the line is also a better use of ratepayers’ money, as lost water and frequent line repairs impact operational costs for the whole system.     

What is the schedule for the project?

The waterline work began Monday, March 19. Re-paving of the street will be completed by the City of Spartanburg at a later date. Glendalyn Avenue from Pine Street to Mills Avenue is now open to all traffic.

Will there be any impacts to residents' water service?

The main lines are installed and service was transferred from the existing main to the new main requiring a brief interruption of service. Following this change-over, it is recommended that residents take the following steps before using water for drinking or cooking:

  • Remove faucet aerators (screens).
  • Flush interior faucets and fixtures with cold water for several minutes.
  • Clean the inside of aerators before reinstalling on faucets.

Will there be any impacts to residents' driveways and/or yards?

Waterline installation will be done from three to six feet inside the concrete curb or edge of pavement and should not require any disturbance of either driveways or yards for main line installation. Impacts to yards will be required for reconnection of the service line to the water meter or if a fire hydrant needs to be replaced.  Typically meters and fire hydrants are located just off the curb in the right-of-way, so digging along the yard front is required. Once all construction activities are completed, all driveways and yards will be restored as close to their original condition as possible.

Who do I contact for more information?

Information about the project can be received by calling the project information hotline at (864) 580-2055. Spartanburg Water will update information on this page as the project progresses to keep you informed. Road closure information will also be provided on social media channels Facebook, Twitter and Nextdoor. Please “like” Spartanburg Water on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to receive updates via social media.