Canal Winchester's oldest sewer-pump-station force main is getting an upgrade after City Council approved emergency legislation during its June 5 meeting.

Constructed in 1960, the Groveport Road pump station is one of about a dozen throughout the city and is the fourth-largest. Last year, a break in the line spilled sewage after a hole formed in the deteriorating pipe, according Public Service Director Matt Peoples.

"We've had it on our radar because of the age of the pipe," he said. "We knew we had to get it replaced at some point.

"We had never had any problems with it for the 50-plus, years it's been in the ground. With the sewer main like that, it's not just like a regular water break. It has more of an impact. It was time to get it replaced."

Council approved a $192,820 contract with lone bidder Precise Boring of Ohio LLC, based in Lancaster, to complete the work, which is scheduled to begin around July 1.

Not only will crews replace a portion of the pipe, but they also will install a liner because the line goes behind homes in the area, Peoples said. The emergency legislation was needed to "meet a specific construction schedule" and preserve "public health, safety and welfare."

The repair will improve the age of the city's sewer infrastructure. The next-oldest line was installed in 1989.

Water Superintendent Joe Taylor said painting has been finished at the Ashbrook tower and replacing the West Waterloo water main is nearly complete.

The city also has been upgrading its water meter reading infrastructure, with 210 meters installed thus far, Taylor said. The goal is to install 1,000 units in the next six months.

Currently, the city has approximately 2,700 water accounts and more than 3,000 meters. The upgrades involve the radio-read system, which will provide for a more efficient way to read meters and detect consumer leaks and unusually high usage, he said.

The city expects to complete the upgrades in three years. Water customers are billed $6.21 for every 1,000 gallons of usage.

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