The Press Newspaper
A sanitary sewer rehabilitation project in Oregon is expected to occur in several phases, according to Oregon Public Service Director Paul Roman.
The Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) provided a $200,000 loan with no interest to the city for phase I of the sewer rehabilitation project. The target area is the Wheeling trunk sewer service area.
“I plan on video taping more trunk sewer areas throughout the city this year, and I’m hoping that I will basically come up with another list of phases,” said Roman at a council meeting last Monday. “Areas on Woodville Road and Pickle Road are clear targets due to the fact that I know the joints are leaky joints. It’s hard to say how many phases. I could see up to three or four phases over the next four to five years,” he said.
The purpose of the rehabilitation project is to reduce infiltration and inflow (I&I) problems of storm water into the waste water treatment plant.
Significant rainfall sparked I&I issues last July, when several residents complained about flooded basements.
The rehabilitation project will also provide structural integrity to the system as well, said Roman.
The project involves “in situ” lining of sewers, according to Roman.
Councilman James Seaman asked if in situ will take the place of existing sanitary sewer line. “Will this do a good job for us 99 to 100 percent of the time?” asked Seaman.
“It is designed in a way that when you install it, it’s very flexible,” said Roman. “It’s almost like a wet sock. It expands with pressure, either hot water or air. It can literally take any shape or form. There’s egg shape pipes that are out there, all kinds of odd shapes that it can form to. Once it cures, it will form that shape. In situ form will give you different sizes and thicknesses based on the size of the culvert and how deep it is and its location. That all goes into the design of it. Once it cures, it’s just as strong as the original pipe.”
Councilman Bill Myers asked if it would be advantageous for the city to combine the phases into a larger project to qualify for future federal funding.
“Infrastructure rehabilitation is something they’re going to consider funding,” said Myers.
Roman said he had submitted the project to the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG) in hopes getting some federal stimulus funds.
“TMACOG has been putting together a listing of wastewater projects throughout northwest Ohio if stimulus money does come. I did ask for $200,000 in lieu of using a zero interest loan to see if I could get that covered by stimulus money. But that money is still uncertain,” he said.
“There is an emphasis now for more pass through money for local governments,” said Seaman of the stimulus funds. “The stimulus is also being geared toward things you might not think is a stimulus, but they are upgrading food stamps and unemployment compensation because they feel that money will pass through the economy as opposed to savings to people who are in the middle class. So they want the money to go through the people and be spent. They’re saying there’s less for infrastructure than you might think. A lot of money is going to be through other kind of programs, where people can get their hands on it and spend it.”
“My understanding is that things that are shovel ready are going to be prioritized,” said Myers. “Is there a possible opportunity for us to share in that to help with this problem? I would not want to miss that opportunity.”
“It is a race to see who is shovel ready,” said Roman. “That’s what the city should be concentrating on – design and planning.”
Roman said he also submitted smoke testing and video-taping for I&I reduction as shovel-ready projects as part of the list he submitted to TMACOG.
The city last year installed temporary flow meters at five locations in the sanitary sewer system to reduce or eliminate excessive storm water from getting into the wastewater collection system. Flow monitoring, video detection and smoke testing helps identify inflow and infiltration sources.