Last updated: July 15. 2014 5:01PM - 470 Views
By Kitsey E. Burns

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The Yadkin Valley Sewer Authority (YVSA) announced that the Sewer Collection System Phase II Rehabilitation Project is about to start construction.

This project, totaling $1,382,709, consists of the following funding pieces:

CWSRF-PF (Clean Water State Revolving Fund Principle Forgiveness) $525,000

CWSRF-0% (Clean Water State Revolving Fund 0% interest for 20 years) $525,000

ARC (Appalachian Regional Commission, grant) $300,000

YVSA – Capital Reserves $32,709

TOTAL - $1,382,709

The YVSA staff and consulting engineers, West Consultants, PLLC, have worked diligently for more than two years to acquire the above funding pieces, for which is now coming to fruition.

This project will be improving the wastewater infrastructure for the YVSA Collections System by completing the following goals:

• The project will consist of the rehabilitation of 13 critical pump stations. The project will address identified pump station deficiencies due to age and deterioration, many of which have contributed to sanitary sewer overflows (SSO’s). SSO’s are a violation of the NC Department of Environment & Natural Resources Rules which are promulgated as part of the Clean Water Act. Spills cause contamination of surface water, including drinking water supplies.

• The project will address environmental pollution problems that the YVSA has been experiencing due to recurring or imminent failure of several pump stations that have a critical function or location. SSO’s and associated NOV’s (Notice of Violations) have occurred at or near several of these pump stations, due to failing pumps and equipment, no telemetry or SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition), corroded valves, and other problems. New components will provide longer useful lives, with warranties, and in the case of the pumps, better efficiencies.

• The project will also eliminate four stations by extending gravity sewers downstream to existing collection lines.

• Furthermore, the pump stations would be added to the YVSA’s SCADA system, so alarm notifications will reach the YVSA staff to act upon for any imminent emergencies.

The project will benefit the Appalachian communities of Elkin and Jonesville by protecting their drinking water supplies, by protecting environmental and public health, and by sustaining wastewater services. Provision of wastewater service is vital to allowing business and industry to locate in the area. Furthermore, one direct benefit will be the continuation of sewer service to the Elkin Business Park.

YVSA officials are proud that this project will be starting in the new few weeks. The project will take about one year to complete, and upon completion, the YVSA Collections System will be greatly improved and serving its customers with more reliable equipment.

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