KINGSPORT — Within the next few weeks a $1.9 million sewer line project is slated to begin in the Bloomingdale community — a project being done by Kingsport and Sullivan County to address a large number of failing septic tanks in the area.
The Bloomingdale trunk line extension project calls for 9,240 linear feet of 10-inch sewer pipe and 1,620 linear feet of 8-inch sewer pipe to be installed along portions of Idle Hour Road to Brooklawn Drive.
The new sewer lines will serve 80 homes, with the trunk line potentially serving 332 homes in the future.
Kingsport Public Works Director Ryan McReynolds said these homes could be reached with sewer through the installation of additional extensions at an additional cost.
“They are not in this project. This would be the backbone to jump out and try and continue some service elsewhere,” he said.
The trunk line extension project is being performed under the city-county sewer agreement, where Kingsport will pay $436,000 to install the sewer collector lines while the county will pay around $1.2 million to install the trunk line.
McReynolds said the reason for the project was because of the number of failing septic tanks in the area. A survey conducted by Sullivan County of 60 homes in the area found that more than half of the residential septic tanks are failing.
To remedy this problem, Sullivan County has received a $300,000 state grant to help fund the project and assist lower- and middle-income families who qualify to tie onto the sewer system.
Lucian Lawson, sanitation director with Sullivan County, said talk of this project began back in 1988. When the sewer agreement between the city and county was signed in 1996, the project was included along with five others in the Bloomingdale community. To date, three projects in that area of the county have been funded.
The project is expected to begin in the next few weeks and take about 18 months to complete, McReynolds said. This project is the only project under way under the city-county sewer agreement, with the last one being in the New Beason Well area of Sullivan County.