The Springfield Water and Sewer Commission was awarded a $50 million low-interest loan from the Massachusetts State Revolving Fund (SRF) for the York Street Pump Station and Connecticut River Crossing Project. The project will build a new 62 million gallons/day (MGD) pump station; two new sewer lines under the Connecticut River; and will upgrade the existing influent structure at the Springfield Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility on Bondi’s Island to receive the new sewer lines.
The $85 million project is a cornerstone of the Commission’s Integrated Wastewater Plan, and stretches project dollars by addressing multiple issues at once. The issues addressed in this project include:
- Regulatory Compliance and Environmental Stewardship: The new pump station will add 30 MGD of pumping capacity, reducing the amount of combined sewer overflow (CSO) discharges into the Connnecticut River by sending that additional amount to the wastewater treatment plant.
- Renewal of Aging Infrastructure: The new pump station will replace and enhance the main function of an aging pump station, while the existing pump station will remain utilized for flood control purposes.
- System Resiliency and Redundancy: The new sewer lines under the Connecticut River will add redundancy to the existing 85-year-old lines, allowing for the isolation of key infrastructure in the event of a failure and to enable future maintenance and rehabilitation.
Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2019.