La Puente’s aging sewers to receive big overhaul

first_imgConstruction on areas of the sewer system in most need are planned over the next four years. In the fifth year, engineers would begin design plans for the remainder of the project, Cowley said. City officials said the city will use revenue from increased sewer fees to pay back the bonds. The city is using a fee structure plan based on strength factors and tacked on to existing sewer rates. It was implemented last fiscal year. “For instance, a single family residence has a strength factor of 1 … One strength factor is $84 a year,” Cowley said, adding that the factors for businesses are larger. That fee structure will likely increase in the coming years based on consumer price index figures, Mousavi said. “To be honest, I do believe residents will be strained … however we must, as a community, realize that unless we are going to invest in the infrastructure of our aging sewer we are going to be facing some serious problems in the future,” Councilman Louie Lujan said. City officials hope to have the bonds issued and the funds received in about two months. After the initial five-year plan is completed, it could take up to another 10 years – based on the extent of repairs – to complete improvements to the entire system, Cowley said. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The system is inadequate for a growing need in La Puente, said Sid Mousavi, a contracted city engineer. “Not only is it an old system, but also in some areas it is undersized,” he said. The 333,000 feet of pipeline is facing a combination of capacity problems and deterioration issues, Mousavi said. In some areas, larger-diameter pipes are needed to deal with increased sewer usage; and in other areas, cracked pipes need to be repaired to keep raw sewage from seeping into the city’s water table, he said. “When there are cracks in them, tree roots can get in and enlarge the cracks,” Mousavi said. “Sometimes rain water can get in and that also compounds the problems with capacity.” As laid out in the five-year plan, officials want to complete a video analysis – first started in 2004 – of the entire sewer system in the next year, Cowley said. LA PUENTE – The city is undertaking the largest capital improvement project in La Puente’s history – a sewer system upgrade that will address an estimated $55 million in repairs and improvements to the aging infrastructure. Officials are trying to get $15.9 million in bonds issued for the first phase of the project, City Manager Carol Cowley said. Council members unanimously approved a five-year plan last week outlining the nearly $16 million in repairs. “Well this is really important especially at this time because we have had nothing done to our sewers up until now,” said Councilwoman Lola Storing. “The city is over 50 years old so the sooner we get out to take care of it the better it will be.” last_img read more