LIMA — A grassy plain just south of the Ottawa River on Collett Street will soon be a giant hole in the ground.
Due to Environmental Protection Agency regulations requiring a reduction in the number of sewer overflows into the Ottawa River, the City of Lima has begun the construction of a 13-million gallon water tank that will buried 13 feet underground. The City of Lima held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday afternoon to commemorate the build.
The tank will allow any extra runoff to collect at Simmons Field and then be pumped back to the wastewater treatment plant when the system isn’t overloaded. The end result will be a reduction in pollution in the Ottawa River.
“It will be a cleaner river,” Mayor David Berger said. “That’s the bottom line.”
The Simmons Field location was chosen because of its designation as the lowest point in Lima.
To construct the tank, Peterson Construction will have to excavate 90,000 cubic yards of soil and 75,000 cubic yards of stone. The cement tank will then be poured and bolted onto the bedrock, then covered up again with topsoil. When it is finished three years from now, the grass field should look much the same as it does currently. The only major difference will be the addition of a brick control station next to the river.
The cost of the tank is $40 million, which will be paid for through a loan with an overall rate of roughly 1.5 percent.
Construction will not affect any activity at Lima Locos ball games. Parks & Rec Director Ric Stolly said has been working closely with the baseball team to ensure fans will be able to attend games without any disruptions.
Houses in the vicinity will notice a few changes as construction moves forward. Due to the need to set the tank below the bedrock line, there will be some blasting. There will also be an increase in truck traffic during particular phases of the project, such as initial excavation and when the cement tank is poured. The tank itself will be approximately 200 by 400 feet wide and 25 feet deep.
Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.