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Posted: 02/19/14

WT to repair
its sewer lines

Observer Special Writer
      Washington Township could soon be correcting more than a million dollars worth of urgent sewer line repairs.
       Mike Kozak, township engineer from Giffels Webster, said the township's older sewers and some manhole covers will need immediate attention for an estimated cost of $1.4 million.
       Another $1.2 million will likely have to be spent down the road on less pressing repairs.
       Thanks to an S2 grant, a study was conducted on the sewers to determine their health. The township doesn't have to pay any of that money back if it submits its project plans to the state. The state could then issue them funding. Kozak said the funding is limited and other communities in worse shape will likely receive the funding first, but it doesn't prevent the township from going out and seeking its own way to fund the project.
       Kozak said the majority of the cost is pipe lining and then some manhole prep and rehabilitation. He said it will be similar to the Hayes Road project.
       The township's oldest pipes will receive the attention first. Kozak said they are about 30 years old and should last 50-60 years with maintenance.
       The Board of Trustees approved the project plan not to exceed $1.4 million during their Feb. 5 meeting.
       Kozak said the project could begin in 2015.

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