The Interceptor Rehabilitation Project will protect the integrity and extend the usable life of a 5.5-mile section of concrete pipe that conveys wastewater to the Heart of the Valley Metro Sewerage District from residents and businesses in Kaukauna, Kimberly, Little Chute, Combined Locks and the Darboy Sanitary District.
While “Fix It and Forget It” doesn’t always apply to wastewater, it does when it comes to the Heart of the Valley MSD’s upcoming Interceptor Rehabilitation Project. Project partners are working behind the scenes towards a successful start to the project so that those of us who flush don’t have to worry.
Look for work to begin in the next couple of months as the Heart of the Valley Metropolitan Sewerage District launches its Interceptor Rehabilitation Project. Due to surface corrosion in the pipe that carries wastewater to the treatment plant, a new, acid-resistant liner will be installed.
In Wisconsin, using salt at some point during the darkest months of the year is unavoidable. Many residents, schools, and businesses use de-icing salt on sidewalks and parking lots to keep us safe. Unfortunately, local rivers are facing the consequences of excessive winter salt use.
What’s wrong with salt?
Once salt is in the environment it doesn’t go away. It ends up in our lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands, putting our aquatic life at risk and endangering our freshwater resources. Our local lakes, waterways, groundwater and soil have been absorbing virtually all of the salt spread in the city for more than six decades. Chloride from salt is toxic to small aquatic life and degrades the natural eco-system of our lakes. Once salt is in our waterways, it does not break down – it’s here to stay. It only takes 1 teaspoon of salt to permanently pollute 5 gallons of water to a level that is toxic to freshwater ecosystems. There are also negative impacts to our infrastructure, our economy, and our pets. – Wisconsin Salt Wise
The good news is, we don’t need to sacrifice safe, ice-free driveways and sidewalks for healthier waterways. We just need to be smarter about salt. Here are some tips for reducing salt in our waterways this year:
Shovel often and early The more snow you remove, the less salt you have to use. Clear sidewalks and driveways before snow turns to ice. Reduce the amount of salt you use If you choose to lay salt, make sure you’re not using too much. A little salt goes a long way; a coffee mug of salt can treat a 20-foot long driveway or 10 sidewalk squares. Really! When it’s too cold outside, ditch the sodium chloride Salt “melts” ice by lowering the freezing point of water to about 15 degrees. So, when pavement temperatures drop below 15, salt isn’t effective. Choose sand for traction or a different deicer that works at lower temps. Sweep the salt After salt has done its job of melting ice, sweep it up. Sweeping excess salt keeps it from running off into our storm drains and local waters when the snow and ice melt. You can even reuse swept-up salt the next time it snows!
Once spring rolls around you’ll see activity on the Fox River from Kimberly to Kaukauna. The Heart of the Valley Metropolitan Sewerage District will install a new liner in the wastewater pipeline as part of its Interceptor Rehabilitation Project. Check back here or go to https://hvmsd.org/category/projects/ for more information.
Look for the start of construction in spring on the Heart of the Valley Metropolitan Sewerage District’s interceptor rehabilitation project. The project involves installing a liner to halt corrosion inside the interceptor which carries wastewater from the municipalities to the HOVMSD treatment facility in Kaukauna.
Effluent Disc Filter project kicked off in September
As work on its Effluent Disc Filter project kicked off in Sept., planning and design work continues for the Heart of the Valley Metropolitan Sewerage District’s Interceptor Rehabilitation Project. Look for the project bidding process to take place soon with installation of the new interceptor liner to begin in spring.