WRA To Hold Public Meeting About Major Downtown Sewer Construction Project

Ingersoll Run Map

Press Release

Des Moines, Iowa — Monday, August 23, 2021 — The Des Moines Metropolitan Wastewater Reclamation Authority (WRA) will break ground in early 2022 on a $25 million project that will be the culmination of over a dozen years of environmental work around the Des Moines metro. Tomorrow (Tuesday) at 6 p.m. at the Des Moines Central Library, 1000 Grand Avenue, the WRA will hold a public meeting to discuss the details of the Ingersoll Run Sewer Separation project – a major construction effort that will pose unique challenges along Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway throughout much of downtown over the next two years.

The Ingersoll Run Sewer Separation project will remove a combined sanitary and stormwater sewer and overflow which occasionally dumps wastewater into the Des Moines River during heavy rainstorms. Instead, once this project is complete at the end of 2023, that wastewater will be pumped to the WRA Treatment facility where it can be cleaned before being returned to the river without contaminants. This important project will replace one of the last functioning of roughly 20 overflow outlets that once operated in the Des Moines area.

"This will be the final step in a significant, long-term effort to reduce pollutants in our rivers,” WRA Director Scott Hutchens said. “While we’ve completed a series of bigger and more complicated projects over the last decade in our effort to reduce these pollutants, the location of this project makes it is one of the highest in terms of public impact. This project will pose challenges over the next couple of years until it’s complete."

Segments 1 and 3 of the Ingersoll Run Sewer Separation Project are scheduled to begin in spring of 2022 while segment 2 of the project would take place a year later in spring 2023 before the pipes are completed in late 2023.

“No matter how much planning and preparation we do on a project of this scope, you never know what we’ll find when we dig up streets,” Hutchens said. “We anticipate that we’ll discover new challenges as the project goes along and our team will be ready to identify any issues find creative ways to work around them.”

Tomorrow’s public meeting will include a brief presentation of the project details and time for attendees to ask questions and discuss the project with WRA staff.

Details for the project’s expected timing and road closures can be found on the WRA Website and updates will be communicated publicly throughout the project.

Al Setka
Chief Communications Officer, City Manager’s Office
(515) 283-4057

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