Lexington residents will notice a lot more above ground water storage in the years ahead. As part of a 600-million-dollar project to overhaul the city's sewer system, wet weather storage tanks will be constructed.
Remedial Sewers Project Manager Vernon Azevedo told Council members last week the tanks will store a lot of runoff water.
"You all are familiar with the Kentucky American tank that just outside New Circle Road between Leestown and Georgetown. That tank holds two million gallons," said Azevedo. "We're going to build the equivalent of 54 of those tanks at eight sites around town," According to Azevedo, 48 miles of new pipe will be laid over the next decade. He said roads will be closed at various times, trees will be taken out, and trees will be planted, plus endangered species will be considered.Mixing a recreation trail and a sewer plant site can also present certain challenges. So says Lexington's acting public works director Charlie Martin. The town branch trail is currently proposed to run near to a sewer treatment area. Martin believes the route may need to be reconsidered. "You know, I'm supportive of the trail, but when you send a trail through an operational area such as the town branch facility, we've got to take some extra concerns because we're talking about sending the public through an area where there's a waste transfer station and an active treatment plant," said Martin. Ongoing communication about such a massive project is critical. Council member Jennifer Mossotti said as sanitary sewer improvements continue, area citizens need constant reminding of what's being dug where. "And sometimes, you know, the public, they get busy. They've got other things on their mind and they don't realize it until it's right in front of their face,"said Mossotti. "So, I just want to be proactive rather than reactive as much as we can." Vernon Azevedo said there's a web site feature where residents can see if new sewer lines are being set in their neighborhoods.