NEW Water, the brand of the Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District, is a regional clean water utility that provides wholesale services to 15 municipalities and their 238,000 residential and business customers. NEW Water owns and operates two treatment facilities, 78 miles of interceptors, 600 pumps, 1,206 manholes, and cleaned about 15 billion gallons of water for the community last year. NEW Water works around the clock so that our community can do dishes, wash laundry, flush the toilet, and run their businesses whenever they want.
NEW Water owns and operates many miles of underground pipes, including a series of larger, deeper pipes called an interceptor system, located throughout our service area. In downtown Green Bay, portions of this system have been in operation since the 1930s, and are in need of improvements in order to continue to function. The cost of this project is expected to be about $15 million, which is funded through NEW Water wholesale rates to its 15 municipal customers. The improvements are needed to revitalize aging infrastructure to protect public health and the environment.
NEW Water televises every pipe in its interceptor system every five years to determine condition. We are also constantly evaluating capacity needs to serve the community now and into the future. As part of that evaluation, NEW Water has identified this infrastructure for renewal. The improvements for this project:
No, property owners will not be charged or assessed for this project.
The project will rehabilitate approximately 13,000 feet of sanitary sewer and 25 manholes located in and around downtown Green Bay. The renewal will enhance reliability and reduce maintenance on the system. In addition, the project will properly abandon approximately 7,000 feet of old East River Interceptor, taken out of service in the 1970s.
The Downtown Interceptors Renewal Project has been designed to minimize impacts to the surrounding neighborhoods during construction. A variety of pipe renewal methods for this project will be “trenchless” in nature, minimizing the amount of disturbances at ground level. NEW Water will continue to communicate with impacted businesses and homeowners throughout the project as well as work to minimize impacts. Below is a list of anticipated impacts that this project will have on neighborhoods near the construction:
Safety first. As with any construction site, drivers are asked to slow down and proceed with caution, for the safety of the Teams working hard to ensure continued service to the community.
The project is currently in the design phase. At this time, it is anticipated that the project will bid early 2024 and construction will start mid-2024. It is anticipated that construction will be completed end of 2025.
Thank you for your patience and support while we work to ensure continued reliability of wastewater services for your neighborhood, and our community.