Sewer rehabilitation projects to start in Ilion, Mohawk
Sewer rehabilitation projects are scheduled to begin within the next few months in Ilion and Mohawk.
In Ilion, the sanitary sewer project should start in early August, once the contracts are signed, according to Chris Lawton, of Barton and Loguidice. In Mohawk, bidding on a combination storm and sanitary sewer project is scheduled for mid-July with construction to possibly begin in September or October.
National Water Main Cleaning, of Massachusetts, was awarded the contract for the Ilion project after submitting a low bid of $5.2 million. Trenchless repairs, which involve lining the existing pipe with cured-in-place pipe, will be used where possible to minimize the number of open cuts.
The village has been awarded a $2,541,999 Water Infrastructure Improvement grant and short-term financing Environmental Facilities Corporation Clean Water Facility note of $7,628,001 for the $10.2 million project, according to Village Treasurer/Administrative Assistant MaryJo Rice.
A study in Mohawk showed storm water infiltrating the sanitary sewer system, said Superintendent of Public Works Mike Shedd. Smoke testing was used to identify those areas. Catch basins are not hooked up properly in some areas and those problems will be addressed as well.
“They’ll be laying pipe on quite a few streets and those streets will be paved,” he said. “It’s a comprehensive project. It will be nice when it’s done.”
The village was awarded a 0 percent hardship loan from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund to be paid back over a 30-year period for its $5.9 million sewer rehabilitation project. The village was also awarded a $1.5 million grant from the state Environmental Facilities Corporation early this year.
The process for both villages began when they were each awarded a $30,000 grant from the state Department of Environmental Conservation – Environmental Facilities Corporation to conduct a study of the inflow and infiltration of their sewer lines. Testing showed rain runoff water infiltrating the sanitary sewer system through cracked or missing pipes due to the age of the systems. That means runoff water is being sent to the wastewater treatment plant; the villages are paying to treat water that does not require treatment.