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From the Service Department:
Underground and Behind the Scenes Improving Euclid Creek Water Quality

Released: 2/3/2014
 
While mostly out of sight, out of mind and taken for granted, well-maintained sanitary and storm sewer systems are critical for the health of Euclid Creek and Lake Erie.
 
Not many know that The City of Lyndhurst is responsible for maintaining 112 miles of sanitary and storm sewers that run underground throughout the City. A majority of these sewer lines were installed in the late 1920s and 1930s, some under Roosevelt's WPA program.
 
Over the years these sewer lines have aged and developed deficiencies such as broken pipe and open joints due to settling and poor construction practices.
 
In the mid-1980s the Administration and City Council of Lyndhurst adopted a sanitary and storm sewer rehabilitation program. This program is conducted on an annual basis. Throughout the years the program has maintained our lines and solved many sewer problems. This program in ongoing to date and begins with visual and remote TV inspections of both storm and sanitary sewers. These inspections are the first step in identifying problem areas such as broken or separated pipe, collapsed connections and obstructions including roots and other debris. When problems are discovered the pipes are rehabilitated through a variety of technologies including epoxy lining, grouting of the entire sanitary service connections, tee liners at the interface between the main and laterals and pipe replacement. In addition, there is testing taking place consisting of flow monitoring, dye and smoke testing. These tests help detect sanitary sewage that is infiltrating into storm mains and potentially then into Euclid Creek through dual manholes and other points of entrance such as broken pipes and cross connections. We have found that the combination manhole overflows have been eliminated, along with hundreds of calls from residents who used to experience basement flooding during heavy storms.
 
In the last 4 years, the City has invested of $2,342,467 into its sewer repair and rehabilitation program.
 
The projects described in this article are helping to improve water quality in Lyndhurst and other communities downstream. The Lyndhurst sewer rehabilitation program and Stormwater management programs are currently administered by City Engineer Jeff Filarski, Mellissa Bukowski of Chagrin Valley Engineering, Service Director Rick Glady and the Lyndhurst Service Department staff.




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