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City can only afford one sewer-scoping truck this year

Director of Public Utilities Dave Welch Director of Public Utilities Dave Welch
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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

A dispute between the mayor's office and Toledo city council is resulting in the city not being able to increase efforts to visually inspect sewer lines to look for potential problems.

In light of recent sinkhole incidents caused by sewer line failures, a proposal was placed before council to loan $360,000 from the storm water fund to purchase a truck equipped with cameras and video equipment, to allow crews to send cameras into sewer lines to do visual inspections.

That would have been in addition to the purchase of another truck using a combination of sewer and storm water funds.

The EPA has been advising the city to inspect 50 miles of lines per year, but Public Utilities Director Dave Welch says at the current pace the city has only inspected 10 miles worth of lines.

"There's a need out there," Welch said. "The one truck we currently have is broken down quite a bit. We were hoping to buy two trucks, but there's some issues with how to fund it. It got to the point we needed to move forward, so we pulled the legislation for the loan and said we'll buy one truck this year."

Welch says the purchase of an additional sewer scoping truck will have to be worked into next year's budget plan.   

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