Annual sewer line rehabilitation work planned through September
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

CONCORD – Citizens may imagine sewer rehabilitation as quite a messy endeavor. However, each year the City of Concord uses a slip lining contractor to maintain sewer infrastructure with minimal public disruption and considerable benefits.

Contractors began the latest round of slip lining work earlier this month, and will continue through September. Slip lining is a process of rehabilitating existing sewer lines using remote-control devices to coat the inside of the sewer pipes. Since 2004, the City has saved millions of dollars using this process to give century-old iron and clay pipes new life, as opposed to replacing sewer lines.

Rehabilitation is part of the Water Resources Department's ongoing infrastructure maintenance designed to protect the environment and be good stewards of public dollars. A well-maintained sewer pipe is less likely to leak or result in a sewage spill, which would be followed by street closures, unplanned repairs, and other disruptions. Another goal is preventing ground water from entering into sewer pipes, which would result in increased wastewater treatment costs the City would have to pay the Water and Sewer Authority of Cabarrus County.

Nearly 13,000 linear feet of sewer lines are being rehabilitated this year at a cost of approximately $456,740. Some more visible areas on the contract list include Le Phillip Court NE, Corban Avenue SW, Virginia Street SE, Courtney Street SE, Honeycutt Drive SE, Yorktown Street NW, and Cabarrus Avenue E.

Work in these and other areas will involve lane closures and slight delays. Please use caution when traveling through work zones.

Customers in the vicinity of each work cycle will be notified in advance with door hangers. At times, customers near the work may detect an odor from the process emerging from their drains but need not be concerned.

Customers with questions about this process should contact Chris Barnhill with Insituform at 980-313-0377.