The city's engineering consultants Monday outlined a 10-year, $17 million plan to refurbish and update the city's sanitary sewer system and wastewater treatment plant.
Representatives from Black & Veatch Engineers-Architects presented the program to the Lawrence City Commission during a study session at city hall.
The plan was a result of a $238,000 study authorized by the commission in March 1988.
James Patton, a Black & Veatch engineer, said the study showed that the sanitary sewer system and wastewater treatment plant could handle increases from expected growth in the city until the year 2000, but improvements are necessary to meet those demands.
Patton outlined a three-phase program to implement those improvements, which include updating the wastewater treatment plant, sewer lines and lift stations, construction of relief sewers and additional field studies of sewers in the Kansas River Basin.
The majority of the work in the initial phases would be on the collection system, while later work would be split more evenly between collection system improvements and updating at the wastewater treatment plant.
Acting City Manager Mike Wildgen said the city staff is taking steps to start on some of the improvements. "We'll get things going to the commissioners for their approval beginning in 1990," he said.
He pointed to the removal and repair of several lift stations and construction of at least one relief sewer among the first projects the commission would be looking at in 1990.
Commissioners and Black & Veatch representatives also discussed the need to plan for construction of an additional wastewater treatment plant or expansion of the current facility to meet anticipated needs after the year 2000.