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Sewer upgrade project to get under way in city

October 25, 2012
BY LINDA HARRIS - Staff writer ( , Weirton Daily Times

WEIRTON - Sewage upgrades in Weirton will get under way the week of Nov. 5, Utilities Director Butch Mastrantoni said Tuesday.

Mastrantoni said crews from James White Construction will begin laying about 4,700 lineal feet of gravity sewer lines to route sanitary flow from roughly 1,000 structures in the north end to the Fifth Street lift station, the first step in a two-phased plan to correct problems with a too-high level of fecal coliforms in effluents discharged into the Ohio River.

The problem was self-detected and self-reported to environmental regulators, who subsequently put the city under a consent decree to correct the problems. No fine was issued, however.

Once Phase I is done, the focus will shift to transporting the sanitary flow from the north end to the treatment plant on Freedom Way. About 26,000 lineal feet of new lines - almost six miles - will be installed.

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