FORT WAYNE – Construction begins Monday on a $4 million expansion of Aqua Indianas sanitary sewer system in Aboite Township.
Aqua will install more than four miles of 18-inch pipe to carry wastewater and stormwater runoff from lift stations and neighborhoods to Aquas Midwest Treatment Plant off Engle Road. The project is designed to minimize sewer backups and overflows after extreme summer downpours and prepare for future growth.
Patricia Williams, Aquas state engineer, said the additional capacity will dramatically expand the amount of wastewater the system can remove from Sycamore Hills and surrounding neighborhoods.
In exceptionally heavy rains, the existing sewer network can be overwhelmed by storm runoff and basement sump pumps improperly connected to the system, Williams said in a statement.
The existing system will remain in service. Aqua is installing the additional high-capacity lines to both address todays peak demand and allow for future growth in Aboite Township and areas of Whitley County we serve.
Construction will begin near Covington Road and Eggeman Road and continue east on Aboite Center, then south to near Engle Road.
The work is planned to minimize traffic interruptions. Road closures are not expected, but traffic might be affected in certain phases. Construction is scheduled to be completed in fall 2014.
Aqua Indiana serves about 12,000 homes and businesses in Aboite Township and portions of Whitley County with water and sewer service.