The Arlington County government is embarking on a year-long, $4.1 million project that will include construction of a new 24-inch water main along Williamsburg Boulevard and modification of pipes and storage tanks at the Minor Hill Reservoir.

Work will be done by a contractor.

The projects “will boost the water system’s reliability and redundancy” by providing a backup water main to the county’s largest water-storage area, county officials said in a Sept. 9 statement.

Because water will cycle through the tanks more efficiently once the project is completed, local homes and businesses should find tap water to be fresher, officials predicted.

The effort will impact traffic on Williamsburg Boulevard at North Sycamore Street (lasting until later in the fall) and between North Federick and North Harrison streets (lasting for the duration of the project.

The Minor Hill Reservoir features four underground storage tanks with a combined capacity of 24 million gallons. The oldest tank dates to 1943.

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