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This water system distribution  project is located along Patton Avenue (US-19) between Florida Avenue and Haywood Road. The project includes 7,000 feet of 24-inch waterline along with the installation of a 36-inch encasement pipe for a trenchless crossing of Patton Ave at New Leicester Highway and other miscellaneous water system components, including service connections and other appurtenances.

The project was identified as a needed distribution system improvement. The new 24” transmission main will replace an undersized and aging existing transmission line.  The system improvement will  provide the ability to supply more water to the growing western portion of Asheville & Buncombe County. It will provide additional water capacity for fire fighting needs along its service area, and it will reduce the number of water line breaks requiring repair along Patton Ave.



The project bids were opened on February 24, 2022 and it was awarded to T.P. Howard Plumbing at $6.3 million with a total of 550 days to complete the project. The project construction started on September 6, 2022 and is slated to be completed on or around March 9, 2024.

Update: Due to weather and unforeseen events, the new completion date is July 18, 2024. 


Contact Information

Mark Letterman, Project Manager
Water Resources 



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