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.

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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