West, north side of Lake Boren to link with sewer system

August 5, 2010

By Tim Pfarr

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UPDATED — 4:55 p.m. Aug. 11, 2010

Homes on the west and north side on Lake Boren will soon have the option to hook up to the Coal Creek Utility District’s sewer system, thanks to a low-interest Public Works Trust Fund loan administered by the state.

Construction is scheduled to begin in late summer or fall, and it will most likely take four to six months to complete, according to CCUD officials.

Sewer lines will soon be extended on the north and west sides of Lake Boren. Green lines on the map show existing sewer lines, and red lines show what will be the new lines. By PACE Engineers Inc.

“There’s been a lot of talk over the years that the district should do something about this,” CCUD General Manager * Tom Peadon said.

The project will complete sewer lines around the lake, but homeowners will need to pay to hook up to the system. Peadon said he could not specify the cost to households for hooking up with the sewer, as the project is still in its initial phases, but hooking up will cost thousands of dollars or tens of thousands of dollars.

He said the expected cost of the project is $1.15 million, though he hopes the project can be completed with less than $1 million. CCUD will draw money from the trust fund loan during construction, and it has been approved to draw as much as $850,000. CCUD will use its own reserves to complete the project.

Homes that join the sewer line on the north end of the lake will be hooked up to a regional CCUD water pump, and those on the west side will have individual pumps.

Peadon said septic systems operating effectively and efficiently around the lake are not hazardous to the lake’s water quality, but failing septic systems could be.

Interim City Manager Rob Wyman said the project will be a step forward for the city.

“It will give them greater flexibility to make additions to their houses,” he said about residents on septic systems. “It’s something that’s been talked about for the last decade.”

A project extending sewer lines to the areas was initially planned and designed in 1990 and 1991, but the project was cut before construction, because local residents were concerned about costs.

Numerous homes throughout the city are still on septic systems.

* This story contains corrected information

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