Sewage pump station designed as house

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It "looks" like any other house but it's far from it. A new home in a north Lexington subdivision is actually a sanitary sewer pump station in disguise. The unique design is made to blend in with the neighborhood.

This building looks almost like a house, but inside there's no kitchen or bedrooms. It does have a sewage pump station.

"The Deep Station pump project is designed to fit in the neighborhood more. It's the first time we've ever done something like that," says Mark York of the Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works.

The design keeps residents in the Bryan Station neighborhood from having to look at an eye sore of a structure.

Nearby resident Heidi Bigelow says, "I was nervous at first but when they added the front it looks a lot more like a house now than it did originally. I think they're doing a nice job."

It's a part of a bigger system to comply with EPA standards.

"Both the Deep Springs pump station and the Dixie pump stations are apart of our compliance with the federal consent decree. So Lexington residents who are paying the sanitary sewer fee, this is the fee at work," says York.

This series of pumps will not only handle heavy rainfall in the future and keep sewage separate from storm water but improve water quality.

York adds, "It's about a half million dollar project, the Dixie pump station is. The Deep Springs pump station is about 2.2 million dollar project. Both of those together will help a lot of our sanitary sewer overflow in Lexington."

The Deep Springs pump station will be completed and on line in the spring.