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Interceptor Rehabilitation Project Moves Forward With Bid Process

Heart of the Valley MSD rtWork on the Heart of the Valley Metropolitan Sewerage District (HOVMSD) Interceptor Rehabilitation Project is moving forward with the start of the public bidding process. The process will take approximately 8 weeks. HOVMSD started pre-qualifying contractors in March. The district will award a contract after receiving and reviewing bids.

Logistical coordination with the contractor and member communities will begin following the award of a contract. Construction activity is expected to begin later this summer and to conclude during 2024. More details will be available after a contractor has been selected, contracts have been signed and the contractor has completed their project schedule prior to beginning work.

“We’ve been working with Strategic Municipal Services (SMS) and community partners on project design and performing the due diligence necessary for the project to proceed smoothly for some time now,” said Brian Helminger, HOVMSD Director. “We’re excited to have moved into the bidding stage of the project.”

During a video inspection in 2019, surface corrosion was discovered in a 5.5-mile concrete pipe that carries wastewater from nearly 60,000 residents to the HOVMSD treatment plant located in Kaukauna along the Fox River. The pipe was originally installed in 1977. By addressing the corrosion of the pipe now, the district will avoid a more costly repair or replacement at a later date and will prolong the useful life of the pipe by an estimated 50 years.

HOVMSD is planning community outreach efforts in the areas directly affected by the project as the start of work approaches. “Our goal is to share as much information as possible, so residents are prepared and know what is happening and when,” added Helminger. More information about the project is available at https://hvmsd.org/.


Established in 1974, the Heart of the Valley Metropolitan Sewerage District provides cost-effective wastewater collection and treatment for its member communities while protecting public health, safety and the quality of the environment. Member communities include the city of Kaukauna, the Villages of Little Chute, Kimberly and Combined Locks, and the Darboy Sanitary District. Learn more about the District and the project at: www.hvmsd.org