Designs for the east side sewer improvement project are well into development by now.
Before the city moves on with the project, it has to hold a public meeting to discuss the environmental impacts.
The project includes the Easton and Faraon Street pump stations.
"Rather than looking at them in individual pieces, we looked at it as a whole unit. One station pumps to the other, which pumps to Mitchell," says Andy Macias, of Snyder and Associates Engineers and Planners in St. Joseph.
"It needs to happen. The system out there is feeling its age, and it's time to do some major repairs," says David Frazier, Project Manager for the Eastside Sewer Improvement Project with the City of St. Joseph.
The Easton pump station is running at full capacity.
It can't handle any new developments on the east side of town.
"I think the City was very astute in moving that pump station approximately two miles to the east which opens up additional develop-able area," says Macias.
Engineers at Snyder and Associates are designing the improvements.
The new pump station along Candy Creek would double the capacity, and has potential for more development if needed.
"This is a pretty standard head works building in a waste-water treatment facility so everything that we've designed in the pump station can be used in the future for a waste-water treatment facility," says Macias.
Once complete, it would send water to the Faraon Street Pump Station.
To handle the extra capacity, the Faraon station needs some improvements and an addition as well.
"The entire infrastructure is aged, and it's in bad shape. It needs to have major repairs," says Frazier.
While the pumps are on top, the water runs about 50 feet below the station.
With that, comes gas, which brings trouble.
"There's sewer gases within the pump station itself which are corrosive, so not only is the electrical and mechanical equipment basically degraded, but also, the concrete and the reinforcing steel," Macias says.
Improvements at the Faraon station would include replacing structure, updating equipment, and fixing the gas problem.
"We're moving the wet well outside of the building itself so those gases aren't trapped within the building," says Macias.
The City says both improvements need to happen, and will have a minor environmental impact.
The City of St. Joseph is hosting a public meeting about the planned east side waste water improvements. That takes place Thursday, Dec. 6, at Skaith Elementary School starting at 5 p.m.
The City wants to receive any comments about environmental impacts on the improvements.
The project is slated to cost $26 million.