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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 one will overflow more than once a year on average.
The new LTCP has three components:
- First, Water Resources’ highest priority is to decrease the impacts of CSO to the watershed by increasing the waste water treatment plant’s capacity to store and treat combined stormwater and wastewater. Construction is underway and projected to be complete in early 2021
- Secondly, replacement of the CSO 56 Regulator vault is the next priority. It is located off of Horseford Road. Construction is beginning in September 2020.
- Thirdly, we will replace a smaller collector sewer in the Campbell Ave area and construct a small separation project along Fort Ave.
- 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 third and fourth bullets above will be incorporated as funding is acquired.
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.
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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.