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Pollution control upgrades underway

WARREN — Huge pipes that have arrived at the Warren Water Pollution Control plant are a sign that upgrades there will soon begin.

The plant at 2323 Main Ave. SW, will partake in a pool of $183 million in Ohio Environmental Protection Agency financing for wastewater and drinking water infrastructure projects statewide.

Ed Haller, director of the city’s Water Pollution Control division, said the pipes on the plant’s property are “all part of Phase 1 of the plant and pump station refurbishment project.”

Phase 1 of the plant and pump station capital improvement plan is designed to refurbish the South Leavitt and Main Avenue pump stations, install a new septic receiving station and refurbish the plant screen building and refurbish the balance of the primary settling tanks and clarifiers, as well as update the process-monitoring and electrical systems.

The pipe will be put in parallel to the current, older pipe. When the new pipe is secure, the old one will be taken out, cleaned and inspected, Haller said. He added the current pipe handles 95 percent of the current wastewater.

“The upgrades are for the plant and for two of the pump stations,” Haller said.

The current upgrade is not specifically for the agreement between the city and Lordstown village, but Haller said Lordstown will eventually use the pipes for development there.

“… Right now it’s for the greater Warren area,” Haller said.

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