LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A lot is going on underneath your feet. Sunday's storm left a portion of Vinton Neighborhood covered in sewage. One of the issues could be that 30 percent of the city shares a sewer system.
Over the last 13 years, a project by the Water Pollution Control Department invested $150 million to help eliminate the combined sewer system.
"It really is an enormous undertaking," Lafayette's Mayor, Tony Roswarski, said. "People don't see it because 90 percent of it is underground."
The next step in the project is almost complete on South Street at Sagamore Parkway.
"We're separating that sewer," Brad Talley, Superintendent of Lafayette's Water Pollution Control Department, said. There will be a new sewer there for sanitary and a new sewer for storm water. So that area will be separated when we're completed next week."
Under a judicial order, communities with combined sewer systems must work to eliminate as much as they can of the system. Mayor Roswarksi said the project will help eliminate most of the combined system, but it's impossible to get rid of it all.
"If we built that much new sewer nobody could afford to live here because they wouldn't be able to afford their sewage bill," Mayor Roswarski said.
The next stage of the project will begin this fall. A storm sewer will be put in at Earl Avenue at South Street and extend all the way to Jeff High School.
Talley said this will help eliminate 700 acres of the combined sewer system.
"That project will eliminate four of the 12 overflow points in town," Talley said.
Another $170 million will be invested into the project. The plan is for it to be completed by 2026.
Mayor Roswarski said even though the project won't eliminate the whole combined sewer system there are things homeowners can do to help the flow of water like having water barrels and pervious pavement.
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