A Westmoreland County contractor has begun installing water lines in Benson Borough as part of a $467,800 project affecting about 200 water customers, Conemaugh Township Municipal Authority officials said.

“They started installing water lines yesterday (Thursday),” Authority Executive Director Tim Resh said. “It will improve the water quality and volume.”

The Benson-Grazier-Route 601 water project includes replacing about 7,000 feet of aging water lines with longer-lasting plastic pipe.

Kukurin Contracting Inc. of Export, Westmoreland County, will replace 2- and 4-inch pipes with 6-inch water lines. They were awarded the contract from a list of 10 bidders in September.

“There’s nothing more important than water quality,” Benson Councilman George Knapp said. “We need this.”

Resh said he’s hopeful the work will be completed by the Aug. 1 deadline.

“A lot of it depends on the weather,” he said. “If it stays nice, they’ll be working every day.”

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