Oct 15, 2020

Virginia City Awarded $4.59 Million for Sewer and Storm Water Repairs

Charlottesville has been awarded a $4.59 million contract work on sewer and storm water system repairs.

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Charlottesville, Virginia has been awarded a $4.59 million contract to help with citywide repairs of sewer and storm water systems.

The city awarded the contract to Chesapeake-based Tri-State Utilities LLC, reported the Daily Progress. The contract is for a one-year term with options to renew four times.

Charlottesville will work with the contractor to repair and rehabilitate sanitary sewers, manholes, defective storm sewers and catch basins.

According to the city, the contract focuses on issues with rainwater and groundwater infiltrating the sewer system and structural defects in the sewer and storm water systems causing ongoing maintenance issues.

Over the past decade, Charlottesville has spent nearly $30 million for rehabilitation of the city’s sewer and storm water systems, according to Utilities Director Lauren Hildebrand. 26.9% of the sewer system and 16.8% of the city-owned storm water system has been rehabilitated or replaced during this time frame.

According to Utilities Engineering Manager Jason McIlwee, the sewer system is more than 100 years old, depending on the area in the city. 

“With a system as old as the city of Charlottesville system is, there will always be something to fix,” said Hildebrand. “You’re never going to get to the perfect scenario because it was put in over time.”

Ongoing rehabilitation did not start until about 13 years ago and the system went ignored for a long time. The contract covers more than 480 items but could expand if more is discovered when the contractor is surveying the pipes, reported the Daily Progress.

According to Hildebrand, excess water continues along to the water treatment plant and the city has to pay for the extra volume of water that does not need the same treatment.

The contractor will start working around the end of November or beginning of December.

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