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Sewer line project seen as landfill money-saver

Officials at Dry Creek Landfill plan to kick off construction Oct. 25 of a sewer line that is being touted as a significant money-saver for the landfill and Jackson County as a whole.

The 10-inch, 3.5-mile gravity pipeline will connect the company's solid waste landfill with a Rogue Valley Sewer Services main at the intersection of Kershaw and Corey roads.

It will be used for disposal of landfill leachate, or water runoff that comes in contact with waste at the landfill.

Dry Creek Landfill will pay for the line's $900,000 construction cost, and RVS will maintain and operate the pipeline.

There is no cost to taxpayers, and the plan could save them anywhere from $200,000 to $400,000 a year, Dry Creek Landfill officials said.

The estimated completion date is Jan. 1.

The landfill loads leachate from Dry Creek Landfill's storage ponds into trucks, which transport the waste to the city of Medford's Regional Water Reclamation Facility for treatment.

Garry Penning, director of government relations and marketing for Rogue Disposal and Recycling, said fewer trucks on the road will mean less pollution from diesel emissions and less road maintenance.

The Oregon Freight Advisory Committee, which consults with the Oregon Department of Transportation to reduce freight traffic, has endorsed the project.

On Oct. 12, the Jackson County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved construction of a pipeline section that would pass through Jackson County Sports Park. County officials say the sewer line would benefit future development of the park, which does not have sewer services. Restrooms built in the future could be connected to the line.

Penning said any savings from the project will be passed on to customers.

"Whatever savings we see in time will be reflected by the disposal rates," he said.

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or by email at rpfeil@mailtribune.com.