July 25, 2019

County OK’s plan to keep water and sewer systems flowing

BATAVIA, Ohio (July 25, 2019) – Commissioners earlier this month approved a plan that helps Clermont County continue to proactively address an aging water and sewer system and accommodate for future economic development.

Lyle Bloom, director of the Clermont County Water Resources Department, detailed the department’s 2019-2023 water and sewer capital improvements in an earlier meeting.

Clermont County’s water distribution system consists of about 808 miles of water main installed since 1954, Bloom said. About 200 miles were installed more than 50 years ago, with some approaching life expectancy of 75 years.

To address the situation, the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan includes replacement of 20,000 feet per year. In 2019, Water Resources is spending more than $4 million on water construction projects in Miami Township and Goshen Township alone.

Meanwhile, the county’s wastewater collection system contains about 710 miles of sanitary sewers installed since 1941.

The Water Resources Department’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plan calls for an average of 2.84 miles of sanitary sewer rehabilitation per year. This year, Water Resources is spending more than $8 million on wastewater-related construction projects in Batavia Township, Goshen Township, Pierce Township, Tate Township and Union Township.

Additionally, the department will work on the designs for a number of projects slated to begin construction in 2019.

Water Resources Department capital projects are funded through fees charged to water and sewer customers, as well as state and federal grants.

For a complete list of capital improvement projects for 2019-23, please go here: http://wrd.clermontcountyohio.gov/capital-improvement.

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