Johnstown will replace a water line mid-August that's expected to bring more water pressure and better fire protection to residents along North Main Street.

Johnstown will replace a water line mid-August that's expected to bring more water pressure and better fire protection to residents along North Main Street.

Johnstown service director Jack Liggett said the village would replace a two-inch waterline along Leafy Dell and Croton roads with an eight-inch water line.

He said it would better serve the residents in the area.

"The water service is very old and it's only a two-inch diameter," he said, "so the water flow is not real good on that end of town."

Liggett said the new water line would also allow for better fire protection. The village is installing two new hydrants near the intersections of North Main with Croton Road and Leafy Dell. Fed by the new water line, they will have far greater water pressure.

Liggett said this would help the Monroe Township Fire Department fight residential fires.

"We just think fire protection is going to be improved by adding two new hydrants that can't be operated off the old two-inch line because there's not enough water," he said.

The larger water line will also allow for future residential growth along North Main Street.

"In case there's any expansion on that end of town out (state Route) 37 or Croton Road," Liggett said, "we'll have water lines available and ready to head in those directions," he said.

Village manager Jim Lenner said he hopes the new water line would increase future growth and "maybe help lure businesses or retail establishments to that area and provide for a better opportunity of development of that property."

Lenner said the entire project will cost around $44,380, but said the village is saving thousands of dollars by buying project materials wholesale.

"(The project) is not very complex so we were able to order the material and eliminate the middle man," Lenner said. "We're basically just paying for labor."

The village started planning for the North Main Street water line project six years ago, Lenner said, but it "kept getting pushed back."

He said it's now at the top of the village's priority list.

"It's a deteriorating line," he said, "so it had to be done sooner rather than later."

Lenner said replacing the North Main Street water line is a separate project from construction at state Route 37 and U.S. 62.

He said the North Main Street project shouldn't affect drivers and it's expected to be completed by the end of August.