Walbridge plans for sewer work
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer
Monday, 07 October 2013 08:46
WALBRIDGE - A $500,000 sewer project is scheduled to start in the village next month, at no cost to homeowners.
At Wednesday's meeting, John Sopko, project manager for the Northwestern Water and Sewer District, said the City of Toledo is eliminating "inflow and infiltration" from its sewer treatment. Since Walbridge and other communities in the district have water treated there, they must conform.
Inflow and infiltration means storm water is entering the sanitary sewer system. Inflow comes from sanitary sewers in homes or businesses that may be improperly connected. Infiltration is when stormwater, or rainwater, leaks into the ground system. Both kinds can overload a sanitary system.
The district did a study in the Dixon, Warner, Earl and Raymond streets area of Walbridge and determined the area has a "significant" inflow and infiltration problem, Sopko said.
"We chose that area to start eliminating I and I," he said.
Crews will be using a no-dig technology, hydro-excavating, to pull liners from underground sewers, then install new rubber liners.
An Ottawa, Ill., company will do the work, starting in November. Crews will work four-and-a-half days in a week, then go home for the weekend. Weather will not affect this work, Sopko said.
A similar project is starting in Northwood.
Sopko said the district has obtained a 1-percent interest loan through the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for the $500,000 Walbridge project. The only potential cost that could be passed on to homeowners is if the residence is improperly connected to the wrong sewer.
But, Sopko said, there is a fund through the water and sewer district that will pay for this.
"It's no cost to the homeowners," he said.
Over the years, homeowners have dealt with sewer issues off and on in Walbridge.
In summer 2006, 30 homes flooded after a huge June rain. Separating sanitary and storm sewers was discussed at a public meeting that more than 60 people attended.
The village has also used smoke tests to detect improper connections.
In other business, council heard from two residents who are upset about a curb replacement project. Kolanko said the administration is trying to get the work corrected.
Council hired Cash Services LLC, Genoa, in June for $47,282 to remove and replace approximately 3,153 feet of concrete curbs along Parkview Drive.
Kolanko said, in an engineer's opinion, there are multiple areas that were not completed to specification.
In August, council approved spending $31,515 to complete curb improvements on Parkview Drive. Bowers Asphalt and Paving, Walbridge, will do that work.