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Casselberry to replace water pipes, improve drinking water

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CASSELBERRY, Fla. - People living in Casselberry should soon see an improvement in their drinking water.

The city is replacing miles of water pipes, but WFTV reporter Tim Barber found out the work won't disrupt homeowners’ lives or dig up their property.

The city is using a breakthrough technology to replace the outdated pipes in neighborhoods across the city.

More than half of the $10 million for the improvement is grant money, because project manager Alan Ambler said the process is environmentally friendly.

"Those trees are saved because everything occurs underground and we fracture the old pipe and pull in a new pipe in place," said Ambler.

Workers attach a metal head to the front of the new plastic pipe that breaks up the old cement pipes.

When the new pipe is in place, a hydraulic system pulls the metal head out of the ground.

"I like that. Less construction and destruction," said resident Estelle Simandl.

The pipes are up to a foot wide and 400 feet long. There are nearly 100 miles of them beneath Casselberry's streets, but officials say so far they only have enough money to replace 35 miles worth.

Officials said the cement pipes are so old, the city is paying to fix them almost every day.

The new pipes are expected to last between 50 and 100 years.

The project is expected to wrap up in 2014.