The Ipswich Water Department plans to upgrade approximately 6,800 feet (or 1.3 miles) of existing 12” diameter cast iron water main on High Street, between the Ipswich Utilities Complex at 272 High Street and the intersection with Kimball Avenue. This existing 12” diameter cast iron water main was originally installed in 1895 and has been serving as a backbone of the water distribution system for over 120 years.
Over the past two years, several water main breaks have occurred on High Street and caused disruption to the Town’s residents, businesses, and commuters. Replacement of the affected portion of water main is being expedited to improve the level of service along this section of the water distribution system. Final design and permitting are underway. Funding for this project was authorized at Annual Town Meeting. Bidding and construction are expected to begin in late summer 2019.
For project details and updates, refer to the information below or contact our office at (978) 356-6635. Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this important project.
High Street at Town Farm Road c. 1900, about five years after the existing 12" cast iron water main was installed
Replace approximately 6,800 feet of 124-year old 12” diameter cast iron (CI) water main with new 12” diameter ductile iron (DI) water main on High Street between Ipswich Utilities Complex at 272 High Street and the intersection with Kimball Avenue