Work begins on Newtonsville sewer system

Construction has begun on the long-anticipated first sewer system in the former village of Newtonsville. Completion is scheduled for end of summer of 2023.

Crews from Tribute Contracting & Consultants of South Point, Ohio, are busy digging and laying sewer lines along State Route 131. Work by Building Crafts Inc. of Wilder, Ky., also is progressing on a wastewater treatment plant behind Wayne Township offices.

Extensive engineering fieldwork and project design by the Clermont County Water Resources Department began in 2012. A number of public information meetings have been held.

Commissioners on March 9 awarded bids totaling $12.3 million to Building Crafts and Tribute Contracting & Consultants for the collection system and wastewater treatment plant projects in Wayne Township. Building Crafts entered into a $6.3-million contract for the wastewater treatment plant and Tribute, $6 million for the collection system.

Currently, properties have septic systems. In October 2012, residents were notified by Clermont Public Health that a significant number of homes had failing septic systems, and sewage created a health risk. At that time, Public Health recommended a public sewer system to serve the residents in the project area. During the initial mailings and public meeting, individual Sanitary Sewer Petitions were received by Clermont County for property owners in the former village of Newtonsville and the surrounding adjacent area.

A majority of the property owners indicated their support for a full gravity collection system. The treatment plant will handle 57,000 gallons per day, and includes an influent pump station and a backup power generator. The collection system includes over 17,700 feet of 8-inch gravity sewer main, manholes, and a submersible pump station.

Funds for the work will come from assessment of benefitted properties, the County Wastewater System Capital Improvement Fund, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant and loan funds, Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) grant funds and American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant funds.

The assessment for property owners totals $4.2 million, which will be funded through a USDA loan. Clermont County will contribute $1.5 million in ARPA funds to reduce the assessments and overall loan amount. That will be a 36-percent reduction in the overall assessment.