Sewer Lines To Be Upgraded

By: Ryan Dearbone
By: Ryan Dearbone

"Adams Street is an older line. It had some roots and some cracks and what not...heavily traveled streets, so there's a lot of vibration and traffic that goes through there that sometimes affects our sewer lines," says Bowling Green Municipal Utilities Water and Sewer Director, Mike Gardner.

In all, one and two-thirds miles of old sewer lines will be replaced under Adams Street, Wakefield Avenue, Hampton Drive and Grinstead Street.

Gardner says the $326,000 project was needed in these areas based on criteria such as the age of the sewers.

"We have an ongoing process to inspect sewers to prevent maintenance on them and what not, and we find problem areas through that. Then the third area is based on trouble calls."

In order not to disrupt traffic while these lines are getting some much needed attention... BGMU will be using a company called Insituform Technologies, which will install new 8 inch pipes to replace the current four inch ones.

But they plan to fix the sewers without tearing up any of the road.

"The process involves re-lining the sewer with a felt liner that is saturated with a resin. The contractor puts it on a liner and then sort of inflates that liner with hot water."

In addition to the sewer restoration project, BGMU is looking to replace three of the city's current sewer pump stations on Mel Browning, Commerce park, and Turner Court.


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