Waterloo makes land deal to reroute sewer lines

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WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) — The City of Waterloo reached a deal that some say is the final piece of the puzzle for the its sewer problems.

The city will use the land behind Walmart to reroute sewer lines to take pressure off some hard hit areas. It’ll cost the city 120-thousand dollars to do so.

The city has been working on a deal with Walmart for about 2 years to use a small strip of land directly behind the store in Waterloo to improve our sewer systems.
Monday night the council approved a deal.

“We’re very close to getting relief to folks over there who need help, so thank you for your diligence as well,” said Mayor Quentin Hart at the city council meeting.

The council all agreed on the deal to use land owned by the big, box store to improve the city’s sewers.

“This is going to relieve the 8th and 9th street system that we’ve had the overflows in, so this is a big project for us,” said Doug Schindel, an engineer with Aecom in Waterloo, who is working with what’s referred to as the Dry Run sewer project, which hopes a new structure will help relieve pressure from sewer lines known to overflow

“It’ll start at Kimball and it will be a pump station put in there. It will pump up to the top of the hill near 21 then it will go behind the crossroads drainage channel behind Walmart then ends up to the treatment plant,” said Schindel as he described how the project will work.

Mayor Hart says this is a project long in the making.

“Folks have been asking for help, so when i first saw it, it was a little bit of sticker shock, but we have to get this project done,” said Hart.

This was one of the last pieces of land needed to complete the city’s improvement of the sewers, after the EPA stepped in back in 2015.

The city hopes construction will begin next spring.

Taylor Vessel

Taylor Vessel

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