Koontz Lake Sewer Project Ahead of Schedule

Crews work to install rebar for the walls that will contain the tanks

Paul Warnke and Ken Jones came before the Starke County Commissioners this week to report on the progress of the Koontz Lake Sewer Project.

Jones told the Commissioners that the project is ahead of schedule and street and road restoration began this week which is making the public very happy.

The restoration could not begin until NIPSCO pressure tested the power to the grinder pumps. After that was done, the cuts in the road could be restored.

A directional drill operator installs a small diameter force main as part of the collection system

Jones said he felt the project has gone very well overall. The project engineer also wanted to thank the residents for their patience.

“There’s about 915 or 920 customers total on the project and since the beginning of construction, which began in January, we’ve had a total list of 30 people that have actually contacted us with questions, complaints, concerns or just curiosity,” Ken Jones said to the Commissioners. “I’m hoping that that’s a reflection of the descent job we’re doing in getting the word out there and being present and being available. The contractor is doing his job in a very good manner.”

Warnke said that half of the grinder pumps have been installed and the treatment plant work is also coming along nicely.

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