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Olympia Fields cuts ribbon on Graymoor Sanitary Sewer Lateral Project


On hand for the celebration were SSMMA Executive Director Edward Paesel, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Tim Bradford; Village President Debbie Meyers-Martin; U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly; State Rep. Al Riley; Col. Christopher T. Drew, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District; representatives of Robinson Engineering including Mary Clumpner and Thomas Nagle; representatives from Performance Pipelining; Olympia Fields Trustees Willett Hudson, Arthur Byrd, Willis Pennington Jr. and Shirley Nale; Village Administrator David Mekarski; Village Executive Assistant Gladys Foster; Village Public Works Director Robert Waite and local residents.

The project’s goal is to prevent stormwater leakage into sanitary sewer lines, potentially causing them to overflow into streets, basements, waterways or MWRD treatment facilities. This brings the village into compliance with a provision of the Federal Clean Water Act as well as guidelines set forth by MWRD and the U.S. and Illinois Environmental Protection Agencies.

The project included relining approximately seventy (70) existing 6″ sanitary sewer service lines within the public right of way. The work also included installation of approximately fifty-five (55) clean-outs at the right-of-way line. The sanitary sewer service lines were relined with a cured-in-place-pipeliner (CIPP), with liners launched through the sanitary sewer at the connection within the main line sewer, to reduce inflow and infiltration into the sanitary sewers.

The project was funded by a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, secured by Congresswoman Robin Kelly, to repair lateral lines in the public right-of-way. Village corporate funds paid for the remaining laterals on private properties. More photos are here.

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