Mineral’s sewage system scheduled for overhaul

Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:00 am

Sewage pipe before (left) and after the relining treatment process. Courtesy of Tri-State Utilities

Sewage pipe before (left) and after the relining treatment process. Courtesy of Tri-State Utilities

You could say that members of Mineral Town Council thought the sewage bills stunk.

In an effort to reduce the thousands of dollars spent in treating the town’s sewage, Mineral Town Council is working with Tri-State Utilities to map out, clean and refurbish the lining of the town’s sewage system.

“We’ve been paying tremendous bills to treat infiltrated storm water that leaks into the sewage system,” said council member Tom Runnett.

He’s right. According to figures provided by Mineral Town Manager Sal Luciano, the town averaged spending $7,303 a month for the past six months to treat the sewer water. Though cautiously optimistic, Luciano and Runnett both estimated that the refurbished system could pay for itself within three to five years.

Mapping and photos of the town’s sewage lines were taken within the past few months, and the actual refurbishing of the lines began earlier this month. To fix the approximately 12,000 linear feet of pipe in the town, Tri-State is using what is called a “cured in place liner” system, where flexible liner comprised of polyester and vinyl resin is fed through the lines. Tri-State’s website states that the liner “creates a structural, tight fit inside the host pipe.”

To read the entire story, see the Feb. 20 edition of The Central Virginian.

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