CSO Project Updates

CraneIn 2015, the City of Lynchburg implemented a new Long Term Control Plan (LTCP) to more effectively and efficiently address the City's combined sewer system. Under this new plan, only seventeen of the original 132 combined sewer overflow (CSO) points will remain open. Six of these points overflow directly into the James River. Of the remaining eleven points that do not discharge to the James River, only two will overflow more than once a year on average.

Two recent major LTCP construction accomplishments:

  • First, Water Resources' highest priority is to decrease the impacts of CSO to the watershed by increasing the capacity of the Water Resource Recovery Facility to treat combined stormwater and wastewater during heavy rainfall events. The 4 million gallon CSO storage tank and facility improvements are now complete. The facility is now capable of processing as much as 80 million gallons for an extended period of time.
  • Secondly, replacement of the CSO 56 Regulator vault located off Horseford Road has been completed.

We hope to complete the projects outlined in the LTCP by 2027, with an estimated cost of $82 million.

The City of Lynchburg will receive $25 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to address the City's Combined Sewer Overflow Program (CSO). The funds were appropriated during the Special Session of the General Assembly and are part of the federal distributions from the ARPA.

This allocation, along with a $25 million local match, will help bring the City's decades-long CSO Program to completion. These funds will go directly to projects that will greatly improve the environment and achieve and exceed the water quality goals of the CSO Program. Read the News and Advance article or read the ARPA Lynchburg CSO White Paper (PDF) for more in-depth information.

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To learn more about where existing CSO points are in the City of Lynchburg, please visit the Find My Sewershed page.