Water Street sewer project starts this week

Sewage assembly

After several years of planning, an ambitious project to repair a faulty section of sewer lines along Water Street is about to begin.

The $2.09 million project has been needed for years, and town officials hope the work — replacing a series of degraded, broken and inadequate sewer lines — will help clear up water quality concerns at the Warren Town Beach, which is often closed to swimming following periods of heavy rain. Warren Town Manager Thomas Gordon said Friday that the work, originally expected to start last week, will instead begin this week.

The work will be completed by Bristol’s CB Utility Co, with funds coming from town, state and federal sources. The work will entail digging a long trench from the Little League field all the way to Bridge Street, replacing lines along the way and also working on perpendicular feeder lines that run off the main line. The area’s pipes are severely corroded in spots, and officials opted to go for total replacement rather than slip-lining, an earlier option espoused by former town manager Richard Paduch for cost reasons. Councilors have been adamant that the town is better off spending the extra money on total replacement, rather than lining existing lines.

“Slip lining doesn’t have many guarantees,” Mr. Gordon added when the bid was awarded to CB Utility. “The town, contractor and EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) are all in agreement (that) we don’t want to have to revisit this 10, 15 or 20 years from now.”

Town officials believe it will take upwards of a year to complete the work. During that time, Mr. Gordon said one of the top priorities will be keeping traffic moving.

“We want to have as little impact on the residents as possible,” he said.

 

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