CLINTON - The first of three sewer separation projects scheduled to begin in Clinton this year is expected to start the week of July 16.

City of Clinton Water Quality Superintendent Gary Schellhorn said the project, referred to as the 22nd Avenue North sewer separation, is expected to address numerous basement backups in that neighborhood.

Schellhorn said the project will have an effect on roads around 22nd Avenue North, including Pershing Boulevard, North Third Street and 21st Avenue North. Traffic and parking in this area will need to adjust according to the construction.

The sewer separation is designed to alleviate heavy flows in the current combined sewer line. A combined sewer line conveys wastewater and stormwater during rain events or snow melts. Heavy rain events can cause the city main to surcharge, which can then cause backups in the system that could come up floor drains in residents' homes. The stormwater can be eliminated from this current combined sewer line by providing a separate sewer for only stormwater.

Other areas in Clinton scheduled for sewer separation projects this year include the neighborhood north of 13th Avenue North to 17th Avenue North and an alley between Fifth Avenue South and Fourth Avenue South in the downtown area.

Any questions about this sewer separation, or any upcoming sewer projects, can be directed to the City of Clinton Water Pollution Control Plant. 243-4064.

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