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Riverside board discusses upcoming sewer projects

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 1:28 p.m. CST
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(Nick Samuel for Shaw Media)
Riverside Board President Ben Sells and Village Manager Peter Scalera at a Board of Trustees meeting Feb. 20.

RIVERSIDE – The village of Riverside is a step closer to implementing eight improvement projects to the town’s sewer system. The board discussed the improvement projects at their meeting Thursday, which are aimed at increasing performance, reducing the frequency of flooding and separating sanitary and storm combined sewer systems. 

Sanitary sewers drain sewage from houses while storm sewers drain excess rain and groundwater from streets. 

Orion Galey, senior project manager for Christopher B. Burke Engineering, said these improvement projects stem from the company’s comprehensive sewer study, which focused on examining the limitations of Riverside’s existing sewer systems. The study, which began in July, was conducted after the village received complaints from residents about floods and basement backups.

The main flooding issue facing the village is caused by sanitary backup in the combined sewer systems, the study concluded. 

Riverside has four major sewer systems, which are the Maplewood, Longcommon, East Combined and Central Combined watersheds. The minor sewer systems are the Railroad, Scottswood and Olmstead watersheds.

If the board approves the eight projects, which range from $64,000 to $2.8 million, Riverside can implement the improvements throughout the next 10 years. 

The projects include the Railroad Watershed Proposed Outlet, Scottswood Sewer Separation Plan, Maplewood Watershed Proposed Relief Sewer, Longcommon Sewer Separation and Storage Vault Plan, Nuttall Sewer Separation Plan, Rear Yard Storm Sewer Connections, Olmsted Watershed Improvement Plan and the Olmstead Sewer Separation Plan. 

Galey said the next step is to meet with village board members to discuss a five to 10 year capital improvement plan.

“It all depends on how much funding Riverside can get to complete these projects,” Galey said. “Once we know how much money the village has, then we can come up with a year-by-year plan.”

Galey said both Riverside and Christopher B. Burke Engineering will approach the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, an agency that protects businesses and homes from flood damage, to see if funding is available.

He added they’ll also look for grants from other agencies. 

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