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2012-12-06 / Front Page

Mayor Says Repairs to Begin on Sewer System

Mayor Robert Willrich, Sr. said things have been quiet in Lexington lately, but work continues on the upgrading of our sewer system.

Several months ago, at the recommendation of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the City of Lexington took a pro-active stance on sewer maintenance, deciding to fix problems before they turn into major problems. That’s why the city hired Veolia Environmental Services.

Craig Davidson, a sales engineer with Veolia said, “Normally, cities wait until something is broken before they invest in ensuring that their sewer systems, and other utility services, work properly. The City of Lexington is not the norm. They have been taking steps to fix the small problems before they become large ones, a move that will save the city thousands of dollars in the long run.”

In July of this year, engineers with Veolia began investigating approximately 50,000 feet of pipe in Lexington’s sewer system. Now, the Mayor said they are getting ready to use a new technique that helps them fix problems as they are found, without having to dig up roadways and other property to fix the damaged or broken pipes – even old clay pipes.

“We install a thermal-set liner into a cracked or broken pipe, which, once it is cured, becomes solid and mends the pipe. This takes pressure off the treatment center, as well as helps to provide better service to the people the city serves,” said Davidson.

Veolia is a Fortune 500 corporation with a location in Rockdale.

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