The City of Orange Beach is excited to announce the completion of a $6.09 million RESTORE project for the Orange Beach North Sewer Force Main Upgrade with oversight conducted by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR). The project constructed approximately 8 miles of sewer force main from a point on Highway 180 in Orange Beach to an existing lift station on County Road 12.
The Orange Beach City Council awarded the contract to R&B Contracting Company, Inc. The work began in April 2022 and was completed in August 2023. The Orange Beach area that benefits by this sewer main upgrade includes areas north and east of Wolf Bay to Josephine as well as areas directly served by the force main. Implementation of this project will prevent failures in the existing main and decrease the use of on-site septic systems.
“Water quality improvements and upgraded sewer infrastructure are priority projects for Coastal Alabama. I am pleased that this project was put forward by Orange Beach and selected by the Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council. I appreciate the good work of our staff at the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for administering the funding to see this project through to completion,” Conservation Commissioner Chris Blankenship said.
Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon said the sewer upgrade is a welcome addition around Wolf Bay.
“Sewer lines may be out of sight, out of mind but it’s a critical system that needs to be maintained properly,” Mayor Kennon said. “Having 8 miles of the sewer force main upgraded from pipes that were installed in the late 80s will ensure the protection of Wolf Bay to our north and better serve residents in that area for decades to come. Wolf Bay has been recognized by the ADEM (Alabama Department of Environmental Management) and the EPA as an ‘Outstanding Alabama Water.’ This project will help protect that designation. I commend city staff for making this project a reality along with support from our state and federal agencies.”
The grant was funded under the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2012 (RESTORE Act), a federal law created by Congress on July 6, 2012 enacted in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The RESTORE Council consists of the governors of five Gulf Coast states (Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas) and the cabinet heads of six federal agencies (the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of the Army, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Department of the Interior, as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) Conservation Commissioner Chris Blankenship represents Governor Ivey on this council.