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Progress on Interceptor Rehabilitation Project Continues

Work on the Heart of the Valley Metropolitan Sewerage District’s Interceptor Rehabilitation Project has entered the final stages of design work. The project is expected to go out to bid this spring with construction following contractor selection.

“We are pleased with the progress we’ve made so far,” stated Brian Helminger, HOVMSD Director. “We’re busy working with our municipal partners and taking great care to perform the due diligence necessary to have the bidding process and the project proceed smoothly.”

The project involves the installation of a liner inside the concrete interceptor pipe that carries wastewater to the district’s treatment plant along the bed of the Fox River. A routine video inspection of the pipe found extensive surface corrosion.

“The new liner is resistant to acid, which has caused the corrosion,” Helminger said. “The corrosion threatens the longevity of the pipe; without action now, there will be more extensive damage over time which will be more costly to repair.” The 5.5-mile interceptor system, which was originally installed in 1977, remains structurally sound and has sufficient capacity to accommodate future growth.

Helminger added, “Since the start of the planning process, we’ve had clear intentions for the project. We want to protect the public health and safety. We want to be fiscally responsible and address the corrosion before it becomes a larger, more expensive problem to solve. We want to avoid interruption of the essential service we provide to the public.”

Strategic Municipal Services (SMS) of Plymouth, Wisconsin is the lead engineer for the project.


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