Bells Lane

Bells Lane Wet Weather Treatment Facility Modification Project

MSD is planning a project to help reduce odors at our Bells Lane Wet Weather Treatment Facility. The project will include a new concrete liner in the equalization basin. The new liner will allow a wash-down or cleaning after each use of the basin.

Construction of the liner is set to begin in Summer 2018. Before construction begins, the basin will be drained and taken out of service. MSD will implement temporary odor control measures leading up to and during the construction process.

Safe, clean waterways

The equalization basin reduces the number of combined sewer overflows in the area — preventing millions of gallons of combined sewage from entering the Ohio River. The basin stores a mixture of stormwater and wastewater until system capacity is available. The mixture is then sent to either our Bells Lane Wet Weather Treatment Facility or our Morris Forman Water Quality Treatment Center for treatment and release into the Ohio River.

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What is the timeframe for the project? Will odors be eliminated with new lining?
The project is currently in the design phase. Construction is scheduled for Summer through Fall 2018. The new liner will allow a wash-down or cleaning of the basin after each use, which will reduce odors when the basin is not in use. However, there is an opportunity for odors when the basin is in use.
How does the equalization basin work? Is it going to smell during construction?
The equalization basin temporarily stores a mixture of rainwater and wastewater when the system reaches capacity at the Bells Lane Wet Weather Treatment Facility. The opportunity for odors does exist as construction begins. However, MSD will implement temporary odor control measures to minimize the issue.
Why does the equalization basin have odor issues? Will there be any traffic issues?
The lining that currently in place does not allow for wash-down or cleaning after each use. Solids can remain trapped in the bottom of the basin, which results in odor issues. No roads will be closed to traffic during this project.