Jul 22, 2014 1:24 PM by Dave Fields

Grants to help Kaplan solve sewage issues by October

The Kaplan mayor confirms that two sewage pumps serving the hospital, nursing home, numerous town residents in west Kaplan, and two apartment buildings are being replaced entirely from grant funds procured by the city.

Mayor Kirk Champagne explains that fixing these two pumps on Trahan Road only requires that the city pay the easement fees of $90,000, a cost that already was paid two years ago. The pump replacement itself of $690,000 is covered by the grants.

The project is due for completion by October.

Disposing of waste took the old pumps from 1 to 3 days, pumping only 400 gallons per minute. The new pumps are prepared to more than double the rate of disposal to 900 gallons per minute. The old pumps also were encumbered by water infiltration in the lines that transported to the old sewage plant.

Champagne says there will be minor inconveniences and road closures during the construction period. The mayor asked for the public's patience while pump project is finished. The mayor also said that an addtional $83,000 water line extension must be completed along with waste water revocations. Grants also subsidize $46,000 of this project, Champagne said, while the remainder will be covered by the city.



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