An engineering firm will map out future Greenwood sewer projects after studying how much wastewater is flowing through the city’s sewers and figuring out where rainwater is getting into the pipes.
Greenwood has hired HWC Engineering for up to $184,000 in sanitation fee money to do studies, including what pipes and other sewer infrastructure should be replaced in coming years. The work is needed so that Greenwood can comply with requirements the state imposed after raw sewage spilled into a creek in 2011, city attorney Krista Taggart said.
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management has ordered Greenwood to take more action to prevent spills after a lift station malfunctioned and sewage killed hundreds of fish in Honey Creek. Greenwood reached an agreement with the state agency to avoid fines and now must carry out the terms of the agreement, such as by keeping a supply of backup generators for the lift stations, which use motors to pull sewage up so it can flow downhill.