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Peru moving forward with plan for a sewage diversion structure

Posted by wlpo on January 9, 2013

Peru’s west side wastewater plant is nearing capacity and that has city officials preparing to have an underground diversion structure put in at North Peoria Street and Midtown Road.

Mike Perry with Chamlin and Associates says all you would see is a manhole but below ground would be a chamber that would redirect sewage bound for the west side plant towards the east plant.

Perry explained to the city council Wednesday night that the east side plant could handle an extra million gallons per day of capacity.  He says building a diversion structure would free up capacity at the west plant which is important if the city wants to attract new developments.  Everything north of Interstate 80 flows to the west plant and most big growth would happen there.

Perry says the actual structure would cost about $50,000 but there would be some other costs, all much less expensive than expanding the west side plant, which would cost several million dollars.

The next step is for the city to receive a permit from the Illinois EPA.  That’s expected to take three months.  He thinks construct would take another three months.

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