What's on Tap for 2007 :
We have begun to investigate the addition of more wells in the Abner Longley Park to expand our capacity. If we can find 1200 gallons per minute (gpm) then we believe we can build a new Water Treatment Facility on the south side. This will help us to improve a few key parameters, such as water pressure, quantity and water quality in the south side area.
- We are continually replacing old watermain pipe and service connections to improve the hydraulic performance of the system as well as inspect new construction.
- We are anticipating to extend a 12" water main from the Park street water tower to Grant Street. This will complete 12" structure from Patterson to Grant Street and improve the hydraulics of the downtown water system as well as the function of the Park Street Water Tower.
- We are anticipating to install a 12" water main from Hendricks Drive to East Street. This project is being done with the future Southside Water Treatment Facility in mind. The development of this system must be done so the Facility does not pump against a bottle neck this will improve the hydraulics on the Southside and by doing this project now instead of at the time of the Facility construction will reduce the total project cost and the amount we need to bond for the project thereby minimize the increase to our rates.
The Wastewater Treatment Facilities is beginning a new headwork’s project. The project will address the hydraulic bottleneck in the old facility and help to minimize surcharging in the collection system. We are lowering the lines coming into the facility which will allow us to implement the master planning design we have done for future growth rather than just reacting to development without a plan. The project will improve our screening removal process, which will in turn improve the biological and clarifier processes. The new design will also allow us the ability to install a future grit collector as we expand.
Current Wastewater Projects:
- Lebanon Utilities will be lining the older section of Morningside as well as doing some Manhole rehab in that area in an effort to reduce the tremendouse amount of inflow the system receives during a rain event. Along this matter we are asking all our customers to remove all sump pumps, downspouts and drains that are connected to the sanitary system. All storm water must go to the Storm System not the Sanitary System. Lebanon is not a Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) community but the impacts from a rain can more than quadruple our flows. We can go from 2.4 million gallons per day (MGD) to 12.75 MGD. If we cannot reduce the tremendous I & I coming into the Wastewater Facility then we may be forced by IDEM to expand our Wastewater Facility. There is no reason for this. Please help us to be responsible and keep our flows and rates down.
- Lebanon Utilities is going to begin review and engineering of the Sanitary Interceptors across the city. The proposal we are investigating is for a 48" interceptor line from the Wastewater Treatment Facility to Patterson then north to North Street then following North Street to Park Street then south to Washington Street and then east to Grant Street. This oversized line would allow for storage during rain events as well as improve the ability to get the water to the Wastewater Treatment Facility at a quicker rate. It will improve the hydraulics of our system and remove some bottle necks within the system as well as allow for new growth to connect to our system.
The City and Utilities has been proactive in addressing some of the storm water needs for the Communities needs. These projects have helped to reduce the floodplain within the city and improve the efficiency of our stormwater system. The Storm Water Management Board is in the process of developing a monthly billing rate to be used for the maintenance of our Storm Systems as well as for the implementation of the MS4 Program which was mandated by the EPA and IDEM. Once this monthly billing rate has been approved, it will be posted to this website.
The Storm Management Board is presently determining if they have the financial capacity to extend the work done on the Lafayette Avenue Storm Project by replacing the old existing line from Elm Street to West Dick Street. This line had a couple sink holes on it in 2006.
The Storm Management Board has approved these projects.
- Meridian Street Storm Project