Jun 22, 2021 - News

The skinny on Des Moines' $1.75M sewer project

Major Des Moines sewer projects planned in the next year
Data: City of Des Moines; Map: Axios Visuals

Des Moines has some major sewer improvement projects in line for the next year.

  • Now we know you probably aren't soliciting septic news on your own, but it may affect you and your neighbors. So let us break it down for you.

What's happening: Construction on the city's estimated $1.75 million project to repair sewage systems at 11 locations is getting underway this summer.

  • The improvements are expected to be completed by fall of 2022.

Why it matters: Just ask those who have experienced backed-up sewage in their homes. And many of these upgrades are long overdue.

Flashback: You might recall these big events that overwhelmed our sewer system:

The big picture: DSM has worked on the issue for decades, and more than 100 miles of sewers have been added since 2000.

What's ahead: Watch out for detours, which should generally last a few weeks or less.


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