Derek R. Guthrie WQTC Regional Facility Plan
MSD has completed an update to its Derek R. Guthrie Regional Water Quality Treatment Center Facilities Plan. The Facilities Plan details the recommended procedure for wastewater management within the Derek R. Guthrie Planning Area, encompassing Southwest Jefferson County. The recommended plan, which calls for wastewater to be collected and treated at the MSD Derek R. Guthrie WQTC, represents the alternative with the lowest present-worth cost, a minimal environmental impact and the highest capability for implementation.
Our scheduled public hearing has been canceled, but we will add it to our Event Calendar as soon as it is rescheduled.
Camp Taylor Sewer Replacement Project
A large portion of the Camp Taylor neighborhood sanitary sewers date back to the early 1900s, when sewer lines were built to serve the Camp Taylor U.S. Army training facilities. Residential development took over the area after these training facilities were closed. The greater part of this development was undertaken without consistent planning or today’s sewer design guidelines. The results—lines that are too small, lines that run below structures and single property service connections with more than one hookup—which cause capacity related sewer overflows during rain events.
Learn how the Camp Taylor Projects may impact traffic in your neighborhood here.
Completion of the Camp Taylor project will:
- Decrease the probability for sanitary sewer overflows and backups into homes during rain events
- Update the sewer system to current standards through replacement or rehabilitation
- Disconnect sump pumps, downspouts, yard drains and catch basins that are discharging groundwater/stormwater into the sanitary sewer system
The completion date for the entire Camp Taylor suite of projects is December 31, 2017.
Storage Basins and Tunnel
Storage basins are part of MSD's larger endeavor to prevent sewage from overflowing into Louisville's waterways. Planned basins and a storage tunnel throughout our city are designed to capture rainwater and sewage, which otherwise can overwhelm the sewer system during rain events and flow untreated into our waterways. These structures retain the mixture of rainwater and sewage until the rain subsides and capacity is available, then gradually release it back into the sewer system. At that point, the water is conveyed to a water quality treatment center, treated and returned to our local streams or the Ohio River.
The Clifton Heights Basin will be mostly underground and covered. A small building above it will include pumps and equipment for operation. This basin will offer Beargrass Creek protection from combined sewer overflows.
Located behind the former site of Jim Porter’s Good Time Emporium, the Interstate 64/Grinstead Drive Storage Basin will be underground and covered. A small building above it will include pumps and equipment for operation. This basin will offer Beargrass Creek protection from combined sewer overflows.
This basin is located at Logan and Breckinridge streets. When completed in late 2017, this basin will offer Beargrass Creek protection from thirteen combined sewer overflows.
The Ohio River Tunnel Project will take the place of three proposed basin projects—Lexington and Payne; Story and Main; and, Thirteenth and Rowan streets. The construction of this deep-rock tunnel will be less disruptive—than the construction of the three basins and their conveyance lines—for the downtown business district, Butchertown business district and for traffic in the affected neighborhoods during the two-to-three year construction period. Additionally, the Ohio River Tunnel Project offers the same storage capacity of the three proposed basins for about the same cost.
The covered underground Portland Storage Basin will offer the Ohio River protection from combined sewer overflows.
The Portland Green Infrastructure Project will prevent more than 35 million gallons of rainwater from entering the combined sewer system in a typical rainfall year, and provide sewer overflow protection for the Ohio River. All green infrastructure elements will be in the right-of-way. MSD will be responsible for maintenance of these features.
Green infrastructure focuses on the preservation and restoration of natural landscape elements—rainwater storage and infiltration—by implementing green practices that mimic predevelopment conditions. Capturing stormwater on-site has proven to be a cost-effective solution for reducing rain flow to the sewer, thus decreasing sewer overflows.
This project will provide the following community improvements:
- More trees and vegetative plantings
- Enhanced roadway surfaces and sidewalks
This Southwestern Parkway Storage Basin—which will be a covered underground facility—will be located in Shawnee Park, near the Southwestern Parkway entrance. When completed, the project will be largely invisible to the public and will enhance not only the water quality of the Ohio River, but also the quality of one of Louisville’s premiere parks.
Learn more about these projects.