The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

Local News

April 15, 2013

Public hearing set on city sewer improvement project

OAK HILL — The Oak Hill Sanitary Board will have a public hearing on April 17 at 11 a.m. in council chambers to invite public comment on a sewer improvement project.

This project is designed to survey and improve the collection system and to expand capacity of two waste water treatment plants (WWTP). The current capacities of the WWTPs are .75 million gallons per day (MGD) at the Minden WWTP and .3 MGD at the Route 61 WWTP. After the project is complete, the capacities will be 1.3 MGD at the Minden WWTP and .6 MGD at the Route 61 WWTP.

Flow meters have been temporarily installed at various points within the collection system to determine areas with high volumes of Inflow and Infiltration (I & I) of storm water. Identified problem areas will be corrected using a variety of methods up to and including replacement of sections of pipe. The survey of the collection system includes mapping most of the system and photographing the interior of over 900 manholes. Inflow pipes, outflow pipes and any apparent problems associated with the manholes will also be documented.

All mapping produced by the survey will be incorporated into the Geographic Information System (GIS) already established within the City of Oak Hill so a permanent record will exist. The ultimate goal of the project is to prevent or reduce the number of sewer overflows caused by I&I during periods of heavy rains.

The total cost of the project will be $14 million.

Region 4 Planning and Development Council will administer the project and Pentree Inc. is the consulting engineer.


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