Sewer upgrades in the Village of New Boston are progressing, as Phase Six of the plan to improve sewers in the village will officially go to bid Thursday, June 27.
Work for Phase Six will include installation of sanitary sewers, storm sewers, manholes, sluice gates, catch basins, sanitary laterals, catch basin leaders, sewer lining, manhole repairs and associated street construction.
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.
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 Avenue into Munns Run Creek, separating the storm and sanitary lines in that area as well as milling and paving of Glenwood Avenue.
Phase four continued the effort of separating sanitary and storm waters, and phase five aimed at completing exploratory efforts, during which time it was discovered that sewage was draining into the Ohio River, which was also stopped at part of the project.
“These projects benefits the community because it is upgrading the infrastructure of the main sanitary and storm lines,” Village Administrator Steve 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 following upgrades will not be combined with sewage and will be storm water only, which is beneficial to the Ohio River and the surrounding habitat.
Though New Boston is making great progress on sewer upgrades, there is still plenty of work that needs done. The Village is also currently working on upgrading infrastructure by getting all New Boston repaved with a plan to complete said paving in three years.
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 be possible without the great relationship with the U.S EPA, OEPA, DEFA, OWDA (Ohio Water Development Authority), the Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP), U.S. CorpsStrand Inc., the village council, and Mayor Williams,” Hamilton concluded. “The Village of New Boston is working hard to keep the storm water sanitary and the lines going to where they need to go,” Hamilton concluded. “I’m also real happy with all the contractors that we have used.”
The Village will continue to accept bids until 1 p.m. July 18. Digital project bidding documents are available at www.strand.com or www.questcdn.com and can be downloaded for $30. At this time, the Village of New Boston is planning the sewage project across an eight-phase realm.
Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.