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CSO Project Updates
In 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.
The new LTCP has four remaining components:
- First, we will replace a smaller collector sewer in the Campbell Avenue area.
- Secondly, we will install sewer and stormwater improvements, and do a small CSO separation project along Fort Avenue.
- Thirdly, we will make improvements to our CSO overflow point along Blackwater Creek to capture trash and reduce overflow volume.
- Finally, we will install controls at seven of the eventual seventeen remaining overflow points to capture debris and reduce the overflow volume at those locations.
Construction of projects in the bullets above will be incorporated as funding is acquired.
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.
This new LTCP will save the City of Lynchburg an estimated $240 million compared to its initial plan. With an estimated cost of $60 million, we hope to complete the projects outlined in the LTCP by 2027.
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. Click here to read more about this funding. Click here to read the News & Advance article.