By Brad Segall

LOWER PROVIDENCE TOWNSHIP, Pa. (CBS) — Construction begins this week on a $2½-million project that will bring clean water to dozens of residents in Montgomery County for the first time in more than five years.

Crews will begin installing about 12,000 feet of pipe to bring public water to ninety homes and businesses in Lower Providence Township.

The water lines will replace wells contaminated by DCE (1,2-Dichloroethane), a known carcinogen that was detected more than five years ago.  The source of the contaminant has still not been found.

Terry Maenza, a spokesman for Pennsylvania American Water, says a public-private partnership helped get this project done.

“To get the funding necessary, the design, the engineering, just a lot of work had to go into getting this pipeline project moving,” he told KYW Newsradio today.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has been providing those residents and businesses with bottled water and carbon filters over the past several years.

The affected properties must hook up to the public water line, which is expected to be finished by the end of October.

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