The city of Sacramento has approved a $2.9 million contract that will allow construction of a new sewage vault underneath McKinley Park.
The goal of the project is to provide a place to store sewage during wet weather, when stormwater runoff — and wastewater — can end up in the same place, and overflow can send it all into East Sacramento’s streets.
Under a plan passed last year, a 300-feet wide and 20-feet deep tank would hold runoff and sewage under McKinley Park.
While some people who live in the area applauded the new tank, others called for the sewage and stormwater systems to be divided. But the city says that project would cost $2 billion. The water vault project is expected to cost about $30 million.
A group of residents calling themselves Citizens for a Safe & Sewage Free McKinley Park sued the city in November over the project.
The city council approved the contract with 4LEAF Inc to perform engineering, inspection, testing and public outreach work. The group’s bid was chosen over five others last December.