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Brief: New Sewer System To Flow Downhill

The V.I. Waste Management Authority starts construction of a new energy-saving gravity sewer system on St. Thomas next week, the agency announced Thursday. It will be the first project on St. Thomas funded by federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus funds.
The sewer system will run along the Weymouth-Rhymer Highway, eliminating the Weymouth-Rhymer pump station located adjacent to the laundry, according to WMA.
This project will reduce the Authority’s energy consumption and carbon footprint. On Monday, WMA’s contractor, GEC, will begin the excavation of an access pit on the east side of Weymouth-Rhymer Highway at the Ft. Mylner intersection.
A 24-inch steel sleeve will be installed under the highway and a 15-inch gravity sewer line will be installed in the sleeve. The sewer line will then be connected to the manhole on the west side of the highway. According to WMA, "minimal interruption to traffic" is expected.
After completing the sleeve and sewer line, GEC will build a new 12-inch sewer line and three manholes along the east side of Weymouth-Rhymer Highway. This sewer line will run from the existing pump station and end at the entrance of First Bank parking lot. Work is scheduled to be completed by Oct. 26. Drivers are asked to drive cautiously and mind the directions of construction workers at the site.

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