April 14, 2020
City Delays I&I Program
“The COVID-19 pandemic has created a unique set of circumstances which has prompted the city to re-negotiate its Inflow and Infiltration (I&I) reduction plan with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Ohio EPA has recently approved the city’s request to delay the plan by one year,” shared Assistant City Manager/Public Works Director Gary Clough. “We understand the financial impact this program has on our residents and the concerns some have about having outside contractors on their property during the pandemic and were extremely happy the Ohio EPA understood and approved our request to temporarily delay the work.”
For work to be completed by private property owners, the revised plan will have no change on Areas 1-3; both inspections and repairs in these areas were to have been complete by April 30, 2019. The revisions will affect Area 4 through Area 21. For Areas 4 and 5 there will be no change to the inspection due dates; inspection work in those areas was to be complete by April 30, 2018 and April 30, 2019, respectively. Only the repair work deadlines in those areas have changed. The repair deadline in Area 4 has been extended to April 30, 2021. The repair deadline in Area 5 has been extended to April 30, 2022.
The inspection deadline in Area 6 has been extended to April 30, 2021 and the repair deadline has also been extended one year to April 30, 2023. For Areas 7-21, all deadlines have been postponed one year.
For a full list of changes visit: https://www.sidneyoh.com/DocumentCenter/View/1254/04_14_2020-Press-Release---City-Delays-IandI-Program
The city developed a 21 year program as a part of a three-pronged strategy designed to remove sources of clean water from both public and private sources and improve the city’s wastewater treatment process. To learn more about the city’s I&I program, visit: https://www.sidneyoh.com/240/Sewer-Inflow-Infiltration.
For additional information about how the COVID-19 pandemic as it pertains to city operations, please visit the city’s COVID-19 Update website at: www.sidneyoh.com/465/COVID-19-Update.