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Sewer, water projects to begin

3 improvements to county’s infrastructure

WARREN — “It’s going to be a busy summer,” with numerous sewer and waterline projects, and plant upgrade projects in Trumbull County, said Gary Newbrough, head of the county Sanitary Engineer’s office.

By the time the projects are completed, approximately 257 new sewer and water connections to the county system will be in place.

Of the eight projects ready to go in 2021, three are improvements to the county’s utility infrastructure.

A $20 million upgrade to the treatment plant in Brookfield is scheduled to start in about a month and is expected to be completed in 2022, according to Newbrough’s documents.

Upgrades to the Mosquito Creek treatment plant in Howland are expected to be completed this year at a price tag of $32 million. Loans from the Ohio Water Development Authority are expected to fund the bulk of the costs. The Howland plant will see new technology not updated since the 1980s, and get the technology to filter out nitrogen and phosphorus.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is setting new discharge limits for phosphorus and nitrogen. The plant has been incapable of removing the nutrients before it discharges into Mosquito Creek.

The Anderson Avenue NE plant services about 5,000 households, and will increase its capacity from 4.2 million gallons per day to 5.25 million gallons. New instruments will allow for more automation of the plant.

The 50-year-old Brookfield plant will receive a new overflow system. During times of heavy rainfall, the plant can’t process what it needs to fast enough. Under old regulations, the excess could bypass the typical treatment process by getting chlorine treated and put through a process to remove solids, and then released. But that isn’t allowed anymore, Newbrough said when describing the project when it was first introduced.

The plant will get a stabilization tank with a capacity of about 2 million gallons to store the overflow until it can be processed. The facility also will replace its chlorine disinfection process and replace it with an ultraviolet process. The move will lead to cost savings because the bulbs are cheaper than the chlorine. The control system, pumps and other equipment will be replaced.

Water projects on the list for 2021 include $3.351 million in hydraulic waterline improvements in Mineral Ridge and the $1.6 million Elm Road water project expected to generate 54 new connections.

Sewer projects petitioned for by residents to be completed in 2021 include a $2.465 million Yankee Lake improvement, a $2.7 million Heaton Chute project in Weathersfield and the $1.25 million State Road Phase 2 project in Champion.

The $1.068 million Swift Drive / Belmar Terrace consent decree sewer project in Vienna is scheduled to be completed in 2021, too, but there are concerns about if the city of Warren can treat the flow from the 28 connections, Newbrough said Wednesday.

Newbrough said he will work with the city on the problem.

Newbrough said he also plans to look into the problem of infiltration and inflow into county sewer systems from storm water sources — water that doesn’t need to be treated, but is still carried with sewer flow to the treatment plants, sometimes overwhelming the system. A permanent solution is needed, Newbrough said, because it costs the county money to treat that flow.

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