Roberds Lake Project Nears Completion

Roberds Lake Project Nearing Completion, August 2014

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Photo 1: Dan Sarff, project engineer from Bolton and Menk, demonstrates sampling equipment at the connection point between the Roberds Lake sewer system and the City of Faribault system. Photo 2: Installation of a new sewer line and pump Photo 3: Completed sewer service

While there have been some minor issues, construction has been going well with a couple of homes being hooked up each day. All the homes participating in the project are expected to be hooked up by the end of August.

Once completed, the Roberds Lake sewer system will be the largest sewer system that CRWP’s Southeast Minnesota Wastewater Initiative has helped put in place. Overall, CRWP has helped complete 19 new sewer systems in the last eleven years.

While there have been some minor issues, construction has been going well with a couple of homes being hooked up each day. All the homes participating in the project are expected to be hooked up by the end of August.

How much will the new sewer system improve water quality in Roberds Lake? Some lakes that have put in similar systems have documented significant water quality improvements. Unfortunately, it is difficult to predict what will happen. We don’t know exactly how much phosphorus levels will go down and there are many factors that affect lake water quality each year. What we can say is this: phosphorus coming from septic systems around the lake should be reduced to almost zero, since over 90 per cent of the properties on the lake are utilizing the new sewer system. We hope that this will produce a noticeable improvement in water quality, but to know for sure we’ll have to wait and see.

If you are interested in learning more about the new Roberds Lake system, stay tuned for information about a public tour sometime in September. Information will be posted on Facebook, and our website events tab.