The Toledo City Council has been warning town residents for months that the town’s water and sewer systems have been living on borrowed time. This week some of the borrowing stopped as a sewer main feeding the town’s treatment plant off Butler Bridge Road failed. It sent raw sewage coming out of a hole in the side of the hill, inside the plant’s fenced area. City Public Works Director Adam Denlinger said they stopped the leak in time before it could become a major problem. But the bigger problem now is to fix it.
Denlinger said the city has hired a contractor to install a new 400 foot line from Butler Bridge Road to the plant. The contractor will have to bore what amounts to a “pipe tunnel” under the railroad tracks and the road. The “micro-boring” device will pull replacement pipe directly behind it all the way to the plant. Denlinger says the cost will probably run $20,000 to $50,000. The city’s sewer system emergency fund will have to be tapped. If the fund doesn’t have enough in it, other city reserves may have to be tapped as well.