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Construction project involves building new sewer main line, not upgrading old system
An article that appeared in the Oct. 16 issue of the Osoyoos Times about the major construction project relating to the town’s main lift sewage station needed some clarification.
This is not a lift station upgrade. This is construction of a new sewer main line to carry domestic sewage from the main lift to the sewer lagoons, said the town’s Chief Administrative Officer Barry Romanko.
It is true that the old lines are challenged by the capacities that are currently being created during peak summer flow periods. Line capacities are challenged even more during peak periods when heavy rains leak into our systems through manholes, he said.
There is no direct link between the installation of the new sewer main and drainage improvements at Cactus Crescent. The drainage improvements to Cactus Crescent will occur because of installation of dry wells in the area.
The storm water will not drain into the sewer and be taken to the lagoons. We are taking the opportunity to improve storm water management because the area is currently opened up to facilitate the installation of the sewer main. Storm water does enter the town’s sewer system during period of heavy rain but only through leakage into our manholes. The town doesn’t intentionally manage our storm water into our lagoons.
The flooding that occurred in 2012 didn’t happen because “the main lift station couldn’t handle the enormous amounts of water and old infrastructure was incapable of pumping that water to the storage lagoons.”
The 2012 flooding occurred in part because the town was in the process of upgrading our storm water pumps and heavy rains occurred in that transition period.
The storm water from the 85 Street and 74 Avenue area is pumped into a storm sewer on Main Street which flows through a treatment system prior to entering the lake. The 2012 flooding didn’t include any sewer effluent in the area.
We hope this clarifies last week’s article.
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