New Jersey American Water will spend $5.8 million on two Egg Harbor Township projects that will improve water pressure and service in Atlantic County.

Crews will be working to replace the 60-year-old water mains under Fire Road through mid-February. The existing cast-iron mains, which have been repaired several times due to leaks, will be replaced with more flexible and reliable ductile iron pipes.

“Cast iron can last quite a bit, but it’s getting toward the end of its useful life,” said spokesman Peter Eschbach.

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Crews will work along Fire Road between the intersections of Mill and Hingston roads nightly from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Motorists should expect delays between those hours.

The water company is also working on a 1.5 million-gallon water tower in the McKee City section of Egg Harbor Township.

That $5.2 million project, which began in August, is a product of the county’s population growth in the last decade. It’s expected to be completed next September.

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