Sewer work slows down
Washington city administrator Brent Hinson said that investigations into intrusions in the city’s sewer system has slowed down over the last couple of weeks due to personnel vacations and the need to perform other maintenance in town.
The city still continues to make some progress, Hinson said. He said that the city had private contractor Hydra Clean in to video the inside of the Southeast Interception. He said the company didn’t find much that was out of the ordinary.
“The last couple of weeks we have had all these regular duties like striping the streets that we need to do,” he said. “We’ve been doing some concrete patches. We have also been shorthanded, so for the last week or two we have not had the camera out.”
Hinson expects to get back to the investigation of the sewer system for obstructions. During recent meetings, several residents have complained that the sewer had backed up into their basements during recent heavy rains.
A summary of Hydra Clean’s findings will be given during Wednesday’s regular city council meeting, as will an update from Hinson.
The city has identified four sites for study, Hinson said. He expects the city to begin work on these soon. He said any problems found would be brought to the council, needed improvements would be designed and completed this fall.
The areas include: North Fourth and onto East Seventh; West Washington Boulevard between B and D avenues; the area around the Washington County Courthouse; and Taylor between Ninth and 12th streets.
At a recent meeting when the council discussed the issue Hinson said there are sewer issues with old piping and cross connections. He said sewers are prominent in the city’s capital improvement plan. He said there are no easy, immediate, or low-cost solutions to the sewer problem.