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:
- Widespread floods of 1993
- Birdland levee breach in 2008
- Beaverdale and Fourmile flash flooding in 2018
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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