Sewer rehab solutions found

Improvements are slated for the city's sewer beneath a west-side alley that aims to keep the system flowing into the future.
Alex Doty
Sep 5, 2012

Grand Haven Public Works Director Bill Hunter said the city has $32,000 in its 2012-13 budget to reline the stretch of sewer line between Colfax and Park streets, west of Sheldon Road.

“By slip-lining it, you would restore the integrity (of the sewer),” Hunter said, noting that the current line is affected by root intrusion. “Those roots would never get in there.”

Hunter said public works staff regularly maintains the stretch of sewer to keep it free from obstructions.

The project would extend the life of the sewer pipe, as crews insert a liner into the existing pipe. There would be minimal obstruction to the surrounding neighborhood that installing a new sewer line would create, according to Hunter.

“I don’t think that we’ll be talking about this again,” he told City Council on Monday night.

Other options were considered, such as taking that $32,000 and applying it to a project to take homes and businesses off the older line and tie them into a sewer along Sheldon Road.

“We verified that we still have 12 (homes) tied onto that,” Hunter said.

Hunter said relocating them and tying them onto the Sheldon Road line, then abandoning the existing line, would cost more than $71,000.

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