New Boston continues sewer upgrades

By Nikki Blankenship - [email protected]

Though sewer work throughout the Village of New Boston has frustrated commuters for years, Village Administrator Steve Hamilton says that as the Village continues to upgrade their sewer system delays on main roads should decrease.

“Most of the work now is going to be on side streets, so there shouldn’t be no real long delays at all on Rhodes or Gallia St.,” he confirmed.

Sewer upgrades started in 2013 as a result of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) compliance order, requiring New Boston to complete work on the combined sewer system (system that handles both waste water and storm run off) so that more storm water is taken out of the system. The EPA allows for four combined sewer overflows per year. Prior to upgrades, the Village was experiencing as many as 15 overflows in a rainy month. During this time, storm water would flow into the sewage lines mixing with sewage filling the system and overflowing into the Ohio River.

The Village is now in phase four of the project with a deadline for completion of June.

New Boston’s sewer project started with phase one – the installation of a 24 inch sanitary pipe that went down Rhodes Avenue, a 72 inch storm line that went down Rhodes Avenue and 72 inch storm lines at Peebles and Manning. Phase two of the project then included the installation of lines at Finney and Stewart, resulting in a total of 80 million gallons of storm water being taken out of the sanitary lines and being diverted to Munns Run Creek and the Ohio River.

Phase three of the project continued with the addition of a 60 inch boring incased in concrete pipe that went past the curve of the school and tied into a 48 inch pipe that was already in place. That phase of the project moved the storm water so that it travels down Rhodes Ave. into Munns Run Creek, separating the storm and sanitary lines in that area. Phase three construction is currently 99 percent complete with plans to close out by the end of April/beginning of May. Glenwood Ave. will be milled and repaved at that time.

Phase four is currently ongoing and continues to effort of separating sanitary and storm waters. At this time the Village is planning a possible eight phases of the project.

“These projects benefits the community because it is upgrading the infrastructure of the main sanitary and storm lines,” Hamilton explained. “The lines we are replacing are over 80 years old the new storm lines will help with some of the wet weather street flooding.”

He added that water going to the river will not be combined with sewage. It will be storm water only.

“It’s better for the Ohio River and it’s habitat. Keeping our rivers clean is very important,” Hamilton commented.

Though New Boston is making great progress on sewer upgrades, Hamilton confirmed that there is still plenty of work that needs done.

“It’s not just the sewer lines that needs upgraded,” he stated. “Our infrastructure in the United States needs a big makeover from flood systems to water lines roads, sidewalks etc. We are losing in the infrastructure battle. I hope the Federal government would all work together and allocate some monies for infrastructure.”

New Boston has been able to complete current progress on their sewer project due to funding from the Corps of Engineers and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance (DEFA) Principal Forgiveness program.

“None of this could have not happen without the great relationship with U.S EPA, OEPA, DEFA, OWDA (Ohio Water Development Authority), the Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP), U.S. CorpsStrand Inc. and Village council and Mayor. The Village is working hard to keep the Storm water in its lines and the sanitary in its lines all going to where they need to go,” Hamilton concluded. “I’m also real happy with all the contractors we have used in the past.”

By Nikki Blankenship

[email protected]

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1930.

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1930.