Work could begin soon to repair leaking Arab sewer system

Work could begin soon to repair leaking Arab sewer system

ARAB, AL (WAFF) - The water keeps overflowing at two Arab sewer treatment facilities. It’s sanitary sewer water but it’s been running for three years, well after the state filed a lawsuit against the Arab Sewer Board.

This was a problem we first brought to your attention back in 2015. The good news now is much of the work is about to get started.

In 2015, the Alabama Department of Environmental Management filed suit against the Arab Sewer Board because of sanitary sewer overflows into area waters.

Sewer board officials say for the last two years engineering has been done and cameras have identified all the problems inside all 85 miles of sewer lines in the system.

In December, the board expects sign off on loans and grants totaling nearly ten million dollars.

The money will be used to upgrade the sewage plant facilities and replace about half of the lines in the system.

“The system will be in great shape. There will be a time period where you’ll still be under the eyes of ADEM and all watching you to make sure you have fixed all of your problems,” said Arab Sewer Board manager John Barnes.

Barnes anticipates much of the work to the sewage treatment plants will be completed in 2019 and much of the field lines will be replaced in 2020.

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