Saturday, August 04, 2001

Sewage facility being evaluated

It serves developing Boone area

By Ray Schaefer
Enquirer Contributor

        HEBRON — Boone County's top leader doesn't think a malfunctioning wastewater pumping station in the western part of the county will slow residential construction.

        Jeff Eger, director of Sanitation District No. 1 in Fort Wright, said the Taylorsport station at the bottom of Tanner Road near Ky. 8 is not pumping untreated sewage to its capacity. He said the station is pumping 4.5 million gallons of sewage a day instead of the normal 6 million a day.

        “We're telling the economic development community that we're running some additional analysis,” Mr. Eger said.

        Which is fine with Boone County Judge-executive Gary Moore.

        “What the district is saying is, any developments that are already approved, they will honor all those units that are planned,” Mr. Moore said Friday. “They do not want to approve any new development until they evaluate what their capacity is going to be. I'm comfortable the district is taking the necessary steps to deal with the issues, and I am until I am advised otherwise.”

        When pump stations don't work to capacity, the result is turbulence in the wells where wastewater is stored. That's a problem because fan blades cannot push the wastewater as hard from the well to the sanitation district's Dry Creek processing plant on Amsterdam Road in Villa Hills.

        The Taylorsport station is 10 years old. Mr. Eger said most stations require major renovation between 12 and 15 years of operation.

        Mr. Eger cited two possible reasons for the malfunction: air in the system, which he said dents the fan blades; or a faulty design in the station itself, an open pipe that drops wastewater about 8 feet into the storage well, which stirs up the water.

        Mr. Eger said repairs could take 20 months if the station needs an overhaul.


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