Wilmington upgrading sewer lines

October 27, 2017 by  

The City of Wilmington is currently upgrading some of its sewer lines, specifically the ones near the Wilmington Public Library, around the North South Street area.

According to Brian Shidaker, the city’s Safety and Service Director, the upgrade, which is badly needed, will involve either repairing or replacing some of the older lines, and increasing their capacity. Shidaker notes that some of these sewer lines were installed almost 90 years ago.

The extant lines have either a 10- or 12-inch diameter. About 1,763 feet of these smaller pipes will be replaced with 15-inch lines. Shidaker added that increasing the size of the pipes will increase the flow of material through them, which will increase the efficiency of the entire system.

Funding for the project has come largely from a grant awarded to the city by the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC). The anticipated total cost for the project, Shidaker said, is expected to be around $595,100, with the grants funding about $410,000 of the total. He also noted that repairs like these are essential to maintain the city’s aging infrastructure.

The sewer work meant that a street near the library had to be blocked off. However, Nancy Ehas, the library’s director, said the slight inconvenience hasn’t kept patrons away.

Major repair projects like this are important to everyone, so officials might consider working with a flyer printing company to create a mailer for residents.

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