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January 13, 2013

Council considering major water-sewer projects



Replacing leaking sewer line

The third proposed project involves spending $700,000 already budgeted for the wastewater department to continue replacing decaying clay tile in the downtown area around Clinton and Marion streets. Athens Utilities has already replaced about 3 miles of the pipe with PVC pipe. Replacing more pipe will continue to reduce the amount of rain that infiltrates the sanitary sewer through cracks. Infiltration of rainwater into the sanitary sewer needlessly increases the amount of sewer water that has to be treated at the wastewater plant and dispatched into the Tennessee River, Stockton said. (The city already has a separate storm sewer to handle rainwater.) Treating rainwater reduced the useable capacity of the wastewater plant, which will be needed as the city continues to grow. This proposed project would allow the city to do another 3 miles, leaving about 24 more miles to replace over the next 10 years. If approved, the project could be completed in 18 to 24 months.


The final project involves permanently paving areas downtown and in Winslow and Whitfield subdivisions off South Lindsay Lane. These are areas where sewer lines were installed and only temporarily paved. These two projects are expected to cost $300,000.

The council will meet again Monday at the Athens Police Department courtroom for a work session at 4:30 p.m., followed by a meeting at 5:30 p.m.

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