CAPE CORAL, Fla. - It's your money, and more than two million dollars of it is paying to replace Cape Coral's aging water pipes.
Work is going on in the south Cape, near Cape Coral Parkway, and is expected to continue for rest of the year.
For years, Gary Blessing has noticed his water pressure was petering out.
"I had my neighbor use my hose to fill his boat, the water is way down, and then after he did that? I noticed since then, the last few years, it's getting worse and worse," said Blessing.
Construction along his home on Atlantic Court and Tower Drive has fixed that problem. Galvanized water pipes that sit underground are about 50 years old. Crews replaced them with larger PVC pipes.
This is just a small section of a $2.72 million pipe replacement project happening for the rest of the year in the south Cape, and affecting hundreds of residents.
"It's replacing about 31,500 linear feet of pipe. Affecting 450 to 500 residents. They are getting new service hook-ups, some are getting new meters," said city engineer Bill Sperry.
The project is also replacing about 50 fire hydrants. Of those 50 or so, eight to ten of them are in brand new locations.
"They ask on my insurance every year, how far away the fire hydrant is. And they don't like it. Now they will," said Blessing, as a new fire hydrant is just feet from his home.
The city is already planning ahead to replace other old pipes, in different sections, through the next four years.