CAPE CORAL, Fla. - It's your money, and the city of Cape Coral is spending almost a million dollars to fix aging sewer pipes. Work is underway in the south section of the city, in a neighborhood at El Dorado Parkway.
This white fabric is actually yards and yards of pipe. Crews are forcing it with water through the sewer system, lining pipes already underground. That fabric hardens and becomes an extremely durable fiberglass pipe, that can last decades.
WINK News has learned the city's current sewer pipe that sit under 500 to 600 homes in this neighborhood are aging and cracking. The pipes were placed in the 50s, and 60s, when the city was first built.
Extra water enters through cracked pipes. That means, more electricity is needed for the city to process that water, a cost that's passed onto you.
The city says these plastic pipes drastically reduce the amount of extra water that gets into the system by hundreds of thousands of gallons a week. By doing so, that keeps your rates from rising.
City crews can then monitor what happens inside the pipes using a robot. This lining project itself costs around a million dollars.
But crews say this is still much cheaper than digging up yards and putting in brand new pipes altogether.
Work is expected to continue for a month, around the neighborhoods. Your water will stay on, through the process.