Archive for Thursday, February 8, 2001

Sewer interceptor line to alleviate Eudora nfrastructure strain, provide for expansion

February 8, 2001

A new addition to Eudora's underbelly will help alleviate some strain to the city's wastewater system and help pave the way for future expansion.

The Eudora City Council agreed in January to build a sewer interceptor line from Seventh Street to the intersection of 12th Street and Bluestem Drive. The line will eliminate two lift stations that currently pump sewage by motors to gravity lines. Sewage then travels to the city's wastewater treatment plant.

City engineer Matt Taylor said lift stations can be a burden to the city. They run on electricity and often have maintenance issues. With the interceptor line, lift stations are bypassed and sewage is passed on through a major PVC line.

"On a daily basis, they're extremely self-sufficient," he said. "Properly installed PVC sewer lines are almost maintenance free."

Lift stations in Grandview Trailer Court and Prairie Estates No. 1 at 12th and Bluestem will be removed with the interceptor line. A third one at Prairie Estates No. 6 at Peach Street and Highway 442 could possibly be removed in the future, Taylor said.

The interceptor line could also lead to future expansion in an undeveloped part of town.

Developer Larry Midyett said there wasn't much development in the northeast corner of Eudora because of the lack of sewer availability.

"It's limited without a major trunkline being installed," he said. "The amount of ground that can be developed is limited by the sewer and sewer capacity."

Taylor agreed.

"Right now, with no central sewer, it's difficult or not economical to develop out there," he said.

The lack of available land also hinders development in the area, he said. With the addition of the interceptor line, options are available for future development though most of the land is likely to be developed as industrial rather than residential, Midyett said.

The council approved a $96,650 contract with the engineering firm Burns and McDonnell, Kansas City, Mo., for the interceptor line's design and construction.

Engineer John Mitchell said the project should begin later this year.

"We hope to begin construction this summer," Mitchell said.

Funding for the interceptor line is provided by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). Through KDHE, a State Revolving Fund (SRF) loan allocated money for improvements to the city's infrastructure.

The city first received a $4 million loan to build the wastewater treatment plant in 1998. In 2000, KDHE notified the city that an additional $1 million was available for improvements and added the amount to the previous loan.

Monthly sewer charges and a $1,500 connection fee on new houses in Eudora will pay for the 20-year loan.

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