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City of Lima to begin work on 13 million gallon underground tank

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Monday night, council received a letter from the utilities department to build a 13 million gallon underground tank and a pump station right next to Simmons Field, as part of the U.S. EPA consent decree with the city. Monday night, council received a letter from the utilities department to build a 13 million gallon underground tank and a pump station right next to Simmons Field, as part of the U.S. EPA consent decree with the city.
Lima has already secured a $13 million no interest loan to help pay for the project. Lima has already secured a $13 million no interest loan to help pay for the project.

The City of Lima is gearing up to start construction on its next and largest part of its EPA mandated work on the storm water and sewer systems. 

Monday night, council received a letter from the Lima Utilities Department to build a 13 million gallon underground tank and a pump station right next to Simmons Field, as part of the United States Environmental Protection Agency consent decree with the city. The tank will capture storm and sewer water after large rains and help reduce the number overflows during heavy rain events from reaching the Ottawa River. The city is required to keep the number of overflows to under 5 a year. The cost of the poured cement tank, pump station, and piping to get the water to the wastewater treatment plant will be around $42 million. 

“We have about $150 Million in projects that were mandated, we have already done 3 or 4 of them, this one is just the next one in line and this is the biggest of all of them," said Mike Caprella, Lima’s Director of Utilities.

Lima has already secured a $13 million no interest loan to help pay for the project. Caprella says that even though the underground tank will sit near Simmons Field, the construction will not disrupt any of the Locos games. He adds that they are looking to go to bid by the end of this year on the project, with hopes of starting to build the tank in the spring of 2018 and have it complete in a little more than two years. 
 

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