The city of West University is getting a water line upgrade to a section of city pipes that are almost 100 years old.

At an Aug. 21 press conference, Mayor Susan Sample and U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher, D-Houston, announced $2.5 million in federal funding will go toward the Milton Street Water Line Replacement Project.

What's happening?

According to an Aug. 21 press release, 2,400 linear feet of cast iron water line pipes—a length that spans more than six football fields—will be updated to PVC pipes and will allow for improved water delivery and a lower chance of leaks and pipe breakage. The pipes were first built prior to 1939, according to city information.

The details

Aside from Milton Street, several other roadways will be affected by this update, including:
  • Mercer Street
  • Edloe Street, between Rice Boulevard and University Boulevard
  • Amherst Street, from Mercer Street to Poor Farm Ditch
Quote of note

“The Milton Street Water Line Replacement Project will mark off yet another infrastructure project in the city’s Foundation for the Future plan,” Sample said in a statement. “The collaborative effort to fund this project with Congresswoman Fletcher’s office is a testament to our dedication to modernizing the city’s infrastructure to meet the demands of the present and future.”

What's next?

The project is estimated to cost a total of $3.65 million. Construction, which is expected to take nine months, is estimated to begin in March 2024.