Collections & Distribution

Water workers from the 1900s

The integration of the Water Reclamation Collections Division and Water Distribution Divisions occurred in 2013.  It was recognized that the integration of both utilities would provide a number of advantages to both departments such as a cost savings in obtaining common equipment and bulk supplies due to a combined purchasing power or an increase in operational efficiency in certain areas such as vehicle maintenance, joint use of heavy construction equipment, or in utility-wide emergency action planning.  The Collections and Distribution (C&D) Department is housed at 1855 Joliet Road, sharing space with the Public Works Department.

COLLECTIONs (sewer) SYSTEM


The wastewater collection system consists of approximately 200 miles of sewer lines ranging from 6 inches to 72 inches in diameter, almost 5,000 manholes, and 31 lift stations.  Maintenance of these systems plays an essential role in maximizing the amount of wastewater flow that is conveyed throughout the system, especially during rain events.  Televising and cleaning of sanitary sewer/storm water lines, cleaning catch basins and inlet covers, and repairing and replacing infrastructure are top priorities.

MAINTENANCE


The Valparaiso sewer system maintenance repair and response plays an essential role in maximizing the amount of wastewater flow that is conveyed throughout the system, especially during rain events.

MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE


The schedule for maintaining the sewer system includes:
  • Cleaning catch basins and inlet covers to aid in the removal of debris that could potentially reach the treatment plant
  • Cleaning combined / sanitary sewer lines
  • Maintaining areas within the system that have potential damage or obstructions
  • Preventing further obstructions within the system
  • Televising combined sewer lines

DISTRIBUTION (water) SYSTEM

The water distribution department maintains over 200 miles of water delivery system pipeline while serving approximately 35,000 customers throughout the City and outlying areas.  Additional infrastructure includes approximately 1,600 fire hydrants, 3,400 valves and 5 water storage tanks of which 3 are elevated.

The Collections and Distribution Department is responsible for overseeing construction of new subdivisions and services, locating underground infrastructure, repairing existing infrastructure, and inspections of new and repaired service lines.
  
Our Collections & Distribution Department is on call 24 hours a day in order to respond to all  emergencies.   
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