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2018-10-10 / Front Page

Jacobs secures $300K for Kenmore sewer upgrades

by ALAN RIZZO Editor

Making much-needed repairs to aging sewer lines just got less expensive for the Village of Kenmore, which received $300,000 in state funds to fix leaks, courtesy of state Sen. Chris Jacobs.

During a news conference Friday, the senator said the funding will allow the village to install a trenchless pipe rehabilitation system on a handful of streets, which expands to fit tightly against sewer walls and creates leak-free lines that can last up to 100 years.

The flexible liner is installed after crews investigate lines with cameras, and the liner is heated to bond with the surface of existing pipes.

While the work is not glamorous, Jacobs said it is important to preserving water quality, protecting the environment and preventing stormwater from overwhelming porous pipes and precipitating sewer overflows. He argued that the state needs to get involved more often in funding this work, which is too expensive for municipalities.

“The recognition needs to be that they cannot do this alone because of the expense,” he said. “The state government needs to be a partner, and a more consistent and ongoing partner.”

According to David Root, superintendent of the village’s department of public works, the funding will be used to repair sewer lines on Warren, Parkwood and Euclid avenues between Delaware and Myron avenues. He said the work should only take approximately two weeks to complete, weather permitting.

In thanking Jacobs for the additional funding for repairs, Village Mayor Patrick Mang said the trenchless system will go a long way toward repairing century-old infrastructure and helping the village save on the cost of treating the water running through it.

“By doing this, we will not be paying for treating clean water,” he said. “The relining is the way to go; it’s effective, it’s efficient. The infrastructure in the Village of Kenmore is 100 years old, so we have cracks and leaks in many places. We’re very happy that the senator has provided the funding, and we hope that he continues to provide that funding in the future.”

The village will also save by installing a trenchless system because it is much less expensive than the traditional method of digging up and replacing sewer lines, which costs in the neighborhood of $1 million per street block.

Repairs to sewer lines are being conducted in part to comply with an Order of Consent with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, which the village entered into in 2016. The order requires the village to immediately address overflows in its sanitary sewer system.

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