Heart of the Valley Metropolitan Sewerage District: Interceptor rehabilitation project taking shape

(Kaukauna, Wisconsin) – A Heart of the Valley Metropolitan Sewerage District (HOVMSD) interceptor rehabilitation project is taking shape, which is good news for area residents. With a goal of receiving bids for the project by the end of this year, HOVMSD continues to develop the final design and plan for the project that will ensure local residents can “flush and forget” for years to come.

The project involves installing a liner inside the concrete interceptor pipe that carries wastewater to the district’s treatment plant after a video inspection revealed extensive surface corrosion. “The new liner that is being installed is resistant to the acid that caused the corrosion,” said Brian Helminger, HOVMSD director. “The corrosion threatens the longevity of the pipe. If you don’t act now, over time there will be more damage that will be more expensive to repair.”

The 5.5 mile interception system was originally installed in 1977 to serve Kaukauna, Kimberly, Little Chute, Combined Locks and the Darboy Sanitary District. Helminger adds that the Interceptor is structurally sound and has the remaining capacity to collect and treat wastewater for many years without major upgrades, while protecting public health and the environment.

Strategic Municipal Services (SMS) of Plymouth, Wisconsin is the lead engineer for the project. The current schedule is for project bid acceptance in the fourth quarter of 2022, with project construction planned for 2023 and 2024.

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