Waste water work Portlands largest construction project

It is that the single largest construction project that town of Portland has ever undertaken," stated town councilor Ed Suslovic, chair of the city's Sustainable Storm Water Funding Task Force.
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June 1, 2012 - PRLog -- Work is scheduled to start this fall on an $170 million project designed to correct major issues with the city's waste water system.

"When Portland was designed, they place one pipe into the bottom," he explained.  They connected the sewer pipes into it, connected the drain pipes into it, in order that currently when it rains, everything - the sewage similarly because the run-off - goes into one pipe.  It overwhelms the treatment plant and that we ought to shut it down, and then discharge untreated sewage into places like Capisic Pond, Fore River. that is what we've to prevent, which is what we tend to are performing on."

The set up imply building many huge underground holding tanks which will capture excess waste and storm water when it rains and hold it till the waste water treatment plant is capable of processing it.

Work will continue on separating storm water pipes and sewage pipes in sections of town.  That section of the project has been happening for a couple of decade at a price of $120 million bucks, procured mainly by sewer fees.


Construction on the $170 million project is scheduled to start this fall and take a minimum of fifteen years to complete. currently {the town|the town|town} is functioning to work out an equitable thanks to split the price amongst all property homeowners within the city.

"Instead of putting it all on the sewer fee, that solely affects those people who have a water bill to pay, the storm water fee would apply to all or any property homeowners that generate runoff, that is that the drawback that we tend to try to handle," explained Suslovic.

"The storm water proposal says that there would be a fee on impervious surfaces, therefore those of us that are paying nothing can ought to begin paying into it, however the common home owner very is not planning to be affected a lot of the least bit by this," he added.

The Portland town Council can hold a workshop to urge a more robust understanding of the task force's proposal on Monday June fourth at 5:30.  The proposal is predicted to travel before the complete council for a vote on June eighteenth.
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