WINFIELD | The town and Town Council will play active roles in the design of future residential developments, according to discussions at a recent council study session.
Don Samburg, who is council liaison to the Winfield sanitary and water treatment facilities, said new specifications and regulations are being developed that will provide general requirements for such facilities as lift stations.
Lift stations are mechanical devices that raise wastewater and/or sewage high enough that gravity can move the waste material into a sewer. They are put in when buildings, including homes in a subdivision, are constructed below the level of the main sewer system.
This issue has been an ongoing problem in Winfield with developments built over the last 20 years, other council members said.
The Deer Creek and Stonegate subdivisions have had lift station issues and Winfield has called the developers’ bonds so that the problems can be corrected.
“We’ll be involved,” Samburg said. “The town is becoming more aggressive from the get-go in the design process.”
Among the general requirements will be the installation of wet wells, which receive the wastewater or sewage, and redundant pumps to prevent outages, Samburg said.
Originally, engineers suggested making the regulations brand specific because there are a limited number of manufacturers and parts are available should they be needed for repairs or replacement.
However, Samburg said, the regulations are eliminating technical details to “go back to common sense."
Council member Dave Anderson he wants to be certain there’s enough detail in the regulations that only pumps that meet certain specifications can be installed.
“I’d like to see an approved vendor list,” Anderson said.
That will be provided, Samburg said.
Town Council President Gerald Stiener recommended that the matter be presented to the Winfield Sewer Board.
In addition, the Town Council and other town boards will look at more stringent performance and maintenance bonding requirements for future residential developments.