“Size and scope, it’s a relatively small project,” said Sackenheim, “And in terms of tightening up our system it’ is significant. It puts us in better standing in terms of compliance and it shows the city is doing its due diligence to address any outstanding issues.”
The 900-foot project will take 30 to 45 days to construct, with a possible starting time in June. Ross Road will be shut down for a couple days during the construction, which a detour will be established at that time.
Seven companies bid on the project, which were opened earlier this week. Bids, which are still pending review, ranged from $215,000 to $333,000. The engineer’s project estimate was $235,300.
The Ross Road overflow site is the last issue related to the overflows the city has to address. The sewer line last overflowed on March 17 when there were several inches of rain in several hours.
“When we get that much rain that fast, our system gets a little overwhelmed,” said Sackenheim.
Though 90 percent is clean storm water, it is mixed with sewage.
Sanitary sewer overflows happen more frequently during wetter years, according to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Before last month's overflow, the last time Fairfield reported an overflow was in 2012.
The Ohio EPA commends the city of Fairfield’s efforts, which approved the city’s permit for the work a few weeks ago.
“Sanitary sewer overflows allow untreated sewage to enter our waterways and can backup in basements,” said Ohio EPA spokeswoman Dina Pierce. “Eliminating overflows benefits public health, as well as the environment.”
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