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September 12, 2012

Corbin City Utility to begin rehab on part of sewer system

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble / Staff writer

Preliminary work on rehabilitating part of the Corbin City Utilities’ sanitary sewer system is set to begin Thursday.

Board members of the City Utilities Commission learned the news during their regular meeting held Tuesday afternoon. CUC General Manager Ron Herd said a meeting is scheduled for Thursday at 10 a.m. to begin preliminary work on on a project that would increase flow to the CUC’s wastewater treatment plant, and help relieve the surcharge on the collection system during heavy rains.

Bob Smallwood of the Lexington-based engineering and architectural firm GRW, Inc. will meet with Herd on the preliminary work. Herd added the project would involve upgrading Pump Station No. 1 and adding a third clarifier, which would be able to increase the flow to the waste water treatment plant as needed.

In his General Manager’s report to the CUC, he pointed out increasing the flow to the treatment plant might require adding another oxidation ditch to handle the increase in flow, and that different options would have to be considered during the preliminary design phase of the project.

According to Herd, a loan for the project would have to be acquired.

It comes as the sanitary sewer rehabilitation project that went on for most of this year has wrapped up. The contractor, Reynolds Inliner LLC of Orleans, Ind., has been working on the final punch list for the project, and has so far been paid $933,340.95, with $103,704.55 held in retainage. A total of $1,297,337 in CUC funds was used for the project.

On the KY 1232 Sewer Extension project in Knox County, Herd reported the archaeological survey was completed by Cultural Resource Analysts, and the report has been submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In addition, two easements remain unsigned for the project, which is being paid for with $1,297,119 in state and federal grants.

As for work on removing mercury from the old trickling filter at the wastewater treatment plant, Herd said in his report the notice of award and agreement have been forwarded to the contractor for execution. The mercury removal at the plant will be paid for with CUC funds.

He also reported the upgraded Heating, Venting and Air Conditioning system at the CUC offices is now properly working, with the only remaining work to be finished being revisions in the control system.

Two exhaust fans in the storage area and garage would also be upgraded to increase air turnover in those two areas.

Meanwhile, flushing of all hydrants in all of CUC’s water distribution system will continue.

The flushing began this past Monday, and will continue until the entire water distribution system has been flushed.

Herd noted, “It started at the plant and we’ll work our way out. Since I’ve been here, we do this every year. We’ve seen a big increase in water quality after we flush them out and remove any sediment that may have collected in the waterlines.”

Water users in the CUC system are reminded that they may experience low water pressure for short periods of time, discolored water, or both. However, customers are reminded that the water is safe to drink.

In addition, all CUC water users are encouraged to check the color of their water before they wash clothes, because white clothes could be stained by discolored water.


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