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Lockport orders Water Street sewer study

LOCKPORT – The City of Lockport has hired the Nussbaumer & Clarke engineering firm from Buffalo to perform a $25,000 study of the state of the city’s sewer system through Water Street, the Superfund site whose residents were bought out by the federal government more than a year ago.

The project, mandated by the state Department of Environmental Conservation to be completed by June 1, will look at the condition of a combined sewer overflow pipe that, in periods of heavy rain or snowmelt, mingles storm and sanitary sewage and discharges it into Eighteen Mile Creek.

Michael T. Marino, engineering CEO for the Nussbaumer firm, said a remote-control camera will check the line, all the way to the city wastewater treatment plant, for leaks or blockages, and will try to determine if the creek waters back up into the sewers on some occasions, rather than the other way around.

Last year, while Environmental Protection Agency crews were working on the site, they saw a manhole overflow, Marino said.

The $25,000 payment to the Nussbaumer firm is separate from the $50,000 retainer for all-around engineering services that the Common Council approved for the firm April 20. At that same meeting, the Council passed a resolution pre-qualifying a total of 14 engineering firms for potential use on future projects. “They can zero in on the right firm and get the best bang for their buck, engineering-wise,” Marino said.