City of Springfield Environment News Releases

Posted on: June 16, 2015

Galloway property owners invited to Private Sewer Repair Program open house tomorrow

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Property owners and residents of the Galloway 01 sewer basin are invited to an open house 5:30-7 p.m., Wednesday, June 17 at Holy Trinity Church, 2818 E. Bennett St., to learn about the City of Springfield’s Private Sewer Repair Program. The Galloway 01 basin is located between Sunshine Street and Seminole Street, east of Glenstone to Lone Pine.

The Private Sewer Repair Program is a voluntary program that helps prevent rainwater from entering the sanitary sewer system, causing backups into homes and untreated water to overflow into streams and lakes. The program offers property owners the opportunity to have improper connections to the sanitary sewer repaired at no charge.

Property owners within a targeted basin will be contacted to schedule a plumbing evaluation to identify improper connections to the sewer system. Repairs will then be made where improper connections are found. Property owners will be asked to allow qualified local plumbers, paid by the City, to correct them.

In the last two years, the Private Sewer Repair Program has evaluated and made repairs in 10 basins. This represents an investment of $2 million per year and will affect approximately 1,750 properties.

“We have found that for every $2 million we invest into this program, we will avoid spending $22 million on capacity improvements,” said Environmental Services Director Steve Meyer. “Much of that investment goes back into our local economy through our contracts with local plumbing companies.”

Galloway 01 is the first of three basins scheduled to take part in the program this year. Ward Branch 05, the region near Ozark Highlands Mobile Home Park west of Glenstone, will begin evaluations in August. Jordan Creek 11, located off Division Street north of Killian Softball Complex, will begin in October. To learn if your property is part of the targeted basins, visit http://www.kcmapping.com/PrivateSewerRepairProgramPhase3/.

The Private Sewer Repair Program is part of a $200 million Overflow Control Plan to reduce sanitary sewer overflows in Springfield’s aging system over the next 10 years. The City’s plan was recently approved by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
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For more information, contact Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement Cora Scott at 417-864-1009 or 417-380-3352.

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