The repair is expected to take four to five weeks to complete, weather permitting, according to city officials. The funds for the additional section of sewer line will come from the Sewer Capital Reserve Fund appropriation for 2020.
Howell Contractors replaced 875 feet of pipe for the North Interceptor line after a collapse happened on March 2.
In addition, the costs of this project will count toward Middletown’s consent decree requirements as part of its 25-year $269 million Long Term Control Plan with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Under the agreement, the city will construct storage basins and other improvements to its sewer system and sewage treatment plant over 25 years that will reduce the frequency and volume of its untreated sewer overflows. In December 2017, Middletown City Council approved the proposed consent decree with the EPA. That settlement was finalized by the federal government in the U.S. District Court in Cincinnati 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.
Scott Tadych, public works/utilities director, said the first LTCP project is nearing completion, the estimated $2.71 million project that included a new water main, curbs, sidewalks and storm sewer on Sheldon Road between Kenwood and Santa Fe drives as well as a new playground and other renovations at Sunset Park.
Tadych said the $10 million to $12 million Lakeside Stormwater Redirection Project is next on the list of projects in the Long Term Control Plan was identified to reduce the storm water contribution to the combined sewer system from the Lakeside drainage area.