MERRILLVILLE | The Independence Hill Conservancy District is planning a project to extend its 91st Avenue sanitary sewer main.
The project will benefit a Merrillville church on 93rd Avenue, which could connect to Independence Hill's sanitary sewer system once the extension is finished, said Jim Beshears, chairman of Independence Hill's board of directors.
The church currently uses a septic system, Beshears said.
While it's important to assist the church, Beshears said the sewer main extension "had to be put in anyway."
The sewer main will be extended more than 600 feet during the project. The work also involves constructing new manholes.
Beshears said Independence Hill continues to seek bids for the work. The board of directors will open bids during a meeting starting at 6 p.m. Monday at Independence Hill's office, 7507 Taft St.
Meanwhile, Independence Hill is "pretty much done" with a different project to reline its existing sewers.
That work is necessary to prevent water from infiltrating the sanitary sewer system.
If water enters the lines during heavy storms, it could cause sewage to back up into residential basements.
With the relining project nearly complete, Beshears said the sewer system is "in good shape."