Big Sewer Project To Start Soon

Information reprinted with permission of the Courier Times, local newspaper New Castle, Indiana

3/10/2014 4:08:00 PM
Big sewer project to start soon

By SARA GEER
sgeer@thecouriertimes.com

Work on the 2014 storm water separation project is expected to begin next month.

The approximately $5 million city-funded project includes digging down to the Bowery Brooks sewer line on the northeast side. A new storm sewer line will be installed parallel to the wastewater line. The line runs from High and 27th streets, west along Spring Street toward Woodward Avenue and 12th Street.

The project is part of the city's long-term-control plan to control raw or partially treated sewage from overflowing into the Big Blue River during heavy rainfalls, said Ed Hill, municipal separate storm sewer system coordinator.

The work is part of a plan to separate the city's combined sewer lines. Required by federal clean water law, it may cost the city $23 million or more over the next 12 years. About 85 percent of the New Castle water treatment plant service area has a combined sewer system, he said.

Hill said all necessary easements for this year's project have been acquired. Easements give the city permission to enter a person's property to work on or maintain the storm water and sewer pipes.

The city is advertising for construction bids on the project. It involves the construction of an approximately 12,700 feet new 12-inch to 60-inch storm water pipe. 

He said the entire long-term control plan may be reevaluated this year to make sure work is being done in compliance with the Clean Water Act and Indiana Departement of Environmental Management standards.

"These projects take time, are expensive and we're only given about 15 years to complete it," Hill said. "That's why we placed this larger project up front to give the city time to get funds. The city, however. promised to do it and it does need to be done."

Sara Geer is a staff writer for The Courier-Times.