The City of La Vergne will soon start a massive project to replace many of its water lines.
Work begins Monday to switch out all two-inch water lines with new six-inch lines.
Mayor Senna Mosley said the water line replacement project has been discussed for nearly 20 years and needs to be done.
"This is all about public safety and that's our number one priority here," said Mayor Mosley.
One of the biggest concerns with the two-inch diameter lines is fire suppression. They don't have enough water pressure to extinguish a fire.
"All of those two-inch lines will not accommodate fire hydrants so for all of those 18 plus years we've been fighting an uphill battle to get these lines upgraded," said Rick McCormick, La Vergne Fire Chief.
Another problem is that many of the lines have broken because of their age, forcing the city to spend more money to fix them.
The project is expected to take about a year. Work will take place on 27 streets and will be completed in phases.
The project will cost more than $2 million and is being paid for with bond money.