Southington officials say $930k pump station needed to fix sewer woes

Southington officials say $930k pump station needed to fix sewer woes


SOUTHINGTON — Town officials are looking to add a pump station at the cost of just under $1 million for Miller Farm Road houses that could face sewer problems due to failing home pumps.

Keith Hayden, public works director, said the owners of nearly 30 homes built 25 years ago were promised a gravity sewer line that would have connected to the town’s system south of the road. As an interim solution, each house had its own chopper pump that pressurized waste and sent it up to a sewer line north of the street. Miller Farm Road is off Wonx Spring Road south of Marion Avenue.

Those pumps are nearing the end of their expected, useful life, according to Hayden. Buying and installing those pumps when they break can cost “thousands,” according to Paul Champagne, a town councilor.

“(The pumps) are starting to fail now,” Champagne said. “It’s thousands of dollars to get it replaced.”

While determining the route for the long-delayed gravity sewer line, Hayden and assistant town engineer James Grappone realized it would have to go through wetlands. That pushed the cost of the project up to about $2 million.

Building a miniature pump station on a town-owned parcel at 47 Miller Farm Road would cost less than $1 million. That station would pump waste to a sewer line and replace the pumps in individual homes.

“This is the cheaper way for us to go,” Hayden said.

The Planning and Zoning Commission is expected to give a recommendation on Tuesday. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at John Weichsel Municipal Center, 196 N. Main St.

The town will bond $930,000 for the work. Champagne, a member of the council’s sewer committee, said the cost is just under the $1 million threshold for a town-wide referendum. About $650,000 of the cost will come from the savings on another sewer project. That money and the remainder necessary to do the work must be approved by the Town Council.

Champagne said Miller Farm Road residents shouldn’t have to bear the cost of pump replacements.

The pump station project “fixes the problem of the past and any future ones,” Champagne said.

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