A new waterline will be installed in the Gettysburg National Cemetery over the next few weeks.
This new waterline will replace a waterline that was first installed in 1939. The new line will be installed directly above the old line and there is no expected concern of impacts to burials or any other underground resource. All excavation work will be monitored by a National park Service (NPS) archaeologist.
The existing waterline has been out of service for more than five years due to leaks. A contract to replace the line was awarded late last year. In consultation with the State Historic Preservation office and the park’s cultural resources staff, we have agreed to a plan to best approach this work. A vibratory plow will be used to cut a narrow path down 24 inches and the new plastic line will be installed as the contractor proceeds with the plow.
Starting June 4, excavation work will begin in locations where new hose connections will be installed along with pits for boring the waterline under the cemetery roadway. Since the waterline is getting installed directly on top of the waterline installed in 1939, there is no expected concern of impacts to burials or any other underground resource.
Work is expected to be complete by the end of June. If this project is not complete by the end of June, work will cease during the 156th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3, and resume shortly thereafter.