Wheaton, IL (November 3, 2014) – The Village of Wilmette, Illinois held a groundbreaking ceremony at the end of September for the new 5.5 million gallon West Park Sanitary Storage Project. The below ground storage tank will hold excessive sanitary sewer flows during rain events.
The project’s three components include the storage reservoir, backflow valve that will prevent sewerage from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) from backing up into the sanitary sewer system; and a pump station that will pump sewer flows down stream during heavy rain events.
“Over the last several years our area has experienced several intense rain events. This critical project will provide relief to over 1300 homes west of Romona Road by reducing the frequency and severity of sewage basement backups after major storm events,” said Village President Bob Bielinski.
The excavation of the storage tank began after the groundbreaking and is expected to last between 10 to 12 weeks.
“The tank is scheduled to be in place by September of 2015. West Park field will end up being out of commission for a year, but when it reopens in the spring of 2016 it will be better than before with field upgrades from natural sod to artificial turf,” said Steve Wilson, Park District Executive Director.
The West Park Sanitary Storage Project is a design-build project, with the joint venture of RJN Group, Inc and Boller Construction Co., Inc. serving as the design-build entity.