The repair of the first two sections will cost approximately $1.6 million, and $2 million was authorized initially for the project, leaving a $400,000 balance. The latest section in replacement project is about $800,000, which will require another $400,000 from the Sewer Capital Reserve Fund.
“You never know with collapses as they hard to predict,” he said. “There will be more work to do on the North Interceptor over the next few years.”
Tadych said the North Interceptor is nearly three miles long and 90% has already been rehabilitated. He said other pipes coming into that line will be rehabilitated over time.
The costs of this project will count toward Middletown’s 25-year $269 million Long Term Control Plan with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The city will construct storage basins and other improvements to its sewer system and sewage treatment plant to reduce untreated sewer overflows. That settlement between Middletown and the EPA was finalized in early 2018.
According to the EPA, the city discharged millions of gallons of untreated sewage each year from its sewer system during and after rain events through its eight “combined sewer overflow” outfalls. Untreated sewage can contain disease-causing bacteria, viruses and parasites, as well as pollutants that can harm aquatic life.
Tadych said the first project in the plan, costing $2.71 million, is nearing completion. It included a new water main, curbs, sidewalks and storm sewer on Sheldon Road between Kenwood and Santa Fe drives and a new playground and other renovations at Sunset Park. He said the park is slated to reopen to the public in the next few weeks.
Tadych said the next project in the plan, the $10 million to $12 million Lakeside Stormwater Redirection Project, is expected to begin in 2022.
Also during 2022, the first of two underground storage basins will be designed. The first underground basin will be constructed near the downtown area and will cost an estimated $40 million. The second will be constructed near Barnitz Stadium sometime in 2043, according to the federal consent decree.