Wastewater pump station due for repairs in Waterford

Waterford - The Utility Commission hopes to complete rehabilitation of the town's second-largest wastewater pump station within the year.

Repairs to the Harvey Avenue Pump Station located behind the Toys R Us off Route 85 are budgeted at $893,000. The station serves more than 1,950 residential properties, plus commercial properties including Crystal Mall, according to a PowerPoint presentation by Jim Bartelli, assistant director of the commission.

Bartelli described the roughly 40-year-old station as "important" and said it had "exceeded its useful life." He said rehabilitation of the station was part of regular repairs the commission has been making to its 28 pump stations since the early 2000s.

"Rehabilitation is the way to go because it is far less costly than to build a new station," he said.

Among other things, the commission plans to repair the pump's heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, address any potential code compliance issues and repair lighting.

The Harvey station pumps 4.3 million gallons of sewage a day.

By comparison, the Evergreen Avenue station, which is the town's largest station, pumps 10 million gallons of sewage a day.

Finance Director Rudie Beers said that the town decided ahead of time to fund the repairs with money from undesignated capital funds rather than put the project in the town's budget.

The Representative Town Meeting approved funding for the project at its meeting Monday.

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