Bid Awarded for 2013 Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project

- Neighbors along McNiel, between Phillips and Southwest Parkway,  are one step closer to no longer having to often worry about flooding.

Tuesday morning councilors approved awarding a bid to A&M Construction and Utilities to begin the 2013 Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project.

Sewer lines at Moffett and Rugeley will be raised near Kemp, and once completed, that project will allow new storm drainage boxes to be installed on McNiel.

And, as construction gets ready to start we looked into the condition of the city's aging sewer system overall.

Over 500 miles of underground pipe make up Wichita Falls' sewer system, and maintaining that takes a lot of detail.

“We try to clean a third of the system on an annual basis, about 160 miles of line which we jet trucks to keep clean, we video about 30 miles of line, we have video cameras that we put into the sewer so we can evaluate the condition of the sewer system,” says WF Public Works Director Russell Schreiber.

Schreiber says that process tells the city what pipes need to be fixed first.

“As soon as you get a crack in those pipe, you get root intrusion from trees and that type of stuff which causes the back ups and the other problems,” says Schreiber.

Fixing those cracks is a costly process so the city prioritizes.

“We continue to yearly evaluate the system, we continually monitor the system, we do the best we can with the resources we have,” says Schreiber.

Those resources include $900,000 in the 2013-2014 budget with two thirds of that going to the Moffett/ Rugeley sewer project for McNiel, a project that should finally reduce flooding by fixing drainage areas that have been a problem for many years.

The Moffet Rugeley roject is expected to start later this month at and cost of just over $640,000.

The McNiel project that will follow is expected to be finished in 2015.

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