City awarded grant for sewer improvements
February 25, 2022

The City of Shreveport has received a grant award of $5 million after submitting an application for the Dilg League Drive Sanitary Sewer Overflow Mitigation project to the Water Sector Program. The Louisiana Water Sector Commission approved funding for 87 projects statewide, including for the City of Shreveport. The Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget voted on January 25 to authorize the funding.

The project will address sanitary sewer overflows that have occurred at a manhole near Dilg League Drive since late 2018. These improvements will provide a permanent solution. Specifically, the project would install a wet weather flow storage upstream of the Hardy Lift Station. The new wet weather storage facility will be built on the Atkins Park property and capture flows that exceed the capacity of the Hardy Lift Station. The wastewater will then be released back into the collection system after flow rates return to normal.

Completion of this project will enable the City to address compliance requirements under the consent decree and enhance the resiliency of the sanitary sewer collection system. The improvements are expected to cost approximately $13.5 million. The City intends to apply $2 million in local American Rescue Plan funds and pay the remaining costs using local dollars.

The City has hired Civil Design Group for the project. A Preliminary Engineering Report defining the scope of work has been completed and design activities are underway. Construction is expected to begin in 2023.

The Water Sector Program was created in 2021 by the State of Louisiana to provide grant funding for repairs, improvements and consolidation of community water and sewer systems around the state.

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