Three major upgrades are needed for Bend's sewer system, and they need to happen soon. That's according to results from two private engineering firms hired to provide modeling solutions.
Bend's Sewer Infrastructure Advisory Group was presented the results Thursday. The upgrades include a large gravity pipeline, a sewage pumping facility, and several pipe capacity upgrades in the northern part of the city. Assistant City Manager Jon Skidmore says in some areas, existing sewer pipes routinely approach overflow levels.
Skidmore: "I think it's kind of the result of an area that grew by 8 and 1/2 people a day for twenty years straight. I think our infrastructure had a tough time keeping pace with that, and now we need to asses it and invest in it so it continues to serve our growing community."
Skidmore says the proposed projects can be completed for around $40 million phased over the next 20 years. The recent model shows significant savings compared to an earlier plan. Bend's City Council will hear recommendations from the Sewer Advisory Group in May.
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