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Brown announces public works improvements in city

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The City of Buffalo water system will be experiencing some upgrades this year. Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown announced yesterday that $27 million will be invested in improving the system this year, including replacement of some water mains and supply lines along with the installation of an energy efficient pump at the Colonel Ward Pumping Station.

In the city's Fruitbelt, the cast iron mains remain in good shape, so an innovative, cost saving approach can employed there. Public Works Prinicple Engineer Peter Merlo explains.

"We'll go through and clean that main, then line it, so it's not going to tuberculate. It's not going to reduce in size; it's going to re-establish flow. The residents, they're going to see increased pressure during high use demands. You're going to have minimal disturbance, and you're going to spend about half the monye."

Brown made the announcement at the Colonel Ward Pumping Station, which was built in 1915.

The mayor was detailing an array of city projects in recognition of National Public Works Week.

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