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Randy Conner

Randy Conner

City Hasn’t Rolled Out Tree-Saving Water Main Technology Nearly A Year After Pilot Program Promised

Water main work has taken place during the pandemic but it hasn't been using "cured-in-place pipe" technology designed to save trees, city officials said.

City’s Plan To Fix Water Mains And Save Trees Cheered By Aldermen. Could Fixing Lead Pipes Be Next?

Ald. Brian Hopkins, who co-sponsored an ordinance to force the city to try "cured-in-place pipe" liners in existing mains, said perhaps some day it could ease the city's lead pipe issues.

Under Fire From Residents, Chicago Water Dept. Does About-Face On Tree-Saving Water Main Repair Technology

BLOCK CLUB EXCLUSIVE: After shelving an earlier try at "cured-in-place pipe," the city announced pilot programs to test lining existing water mains with resin sleeves to avoid cutting down trees.

As Other Cities Replace Water Lines Without Tearing Up Streets And Trees, Chicago Refuses To Try It: ‘The Old Chicago Way’ At Work, Critics Say

Cities like Toronto and Evanston are using a cheaper and less invasive replacement technology, cured-in-place pipe, but the city water department rejected it after a "tainted" pilot program.