TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - The Terre Haute Sanitary Board voted to approve the hiring of firms for three new upgrades to the city's storm water and sewage system during a meeting Tuesday.
Those projects include the building of two "floatable control station" which would run excess water from heavy rains to be strained through screens then drained into the Wabash River, explained city engineer Chuck Ennis. One of those stations would be built on Spruce Street and the other would be built on Idaho Street.
The third project would set up a lagoon at the site of the former International Paper plant near Interstate 70. The lagoon would store water during heavy rains and would then direct the water back through the city's wastewater treatment center and into the river.
Each of the projects is designed to reduce the amount of dirt and debris that is released into the river, city officials said.
"What is overflowing is the stuff that washes off the street," Ennis said. "So any trash that gets onto the curb and into the curb inlets ends up coming through this piping system and then gets dumped into the river. This is to clean that up."
Ennis said groundbreaking for the projects could begin within one year and could take about one year to complete. He said each of the control stations could cost about $3.5 million and the lagoon could cost about $7 million.
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