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Water Retention Efforts at Site of Reading’s New PK-12 School

Reading Community City School District is building a 215,000 square foot PK-12 school on 810 East Columbia Avenue at the site where Reading High School had been located. The school will be situated on 14 acres of land and have a capacity for 1,750 students who will be separated into distinct elementary, middle school, and high school wings with three separate entrances.

In the fall of 2017, during the early work on the site of the new school, Reading experienced several extremely heavy rainfalls. At that time, the resulting water runoff impacted several homes on Bolser Drive.

“We apologize for the role our construction contributed to the water issues these neighbors experienced. The residents who were impacted filed claims with the construction company and were compensated for water damages,” said Reading Superintendent, Chuck LaFata. “Since this time, the school district and Shook, our construction team, have worked diligently to resolve these early water runoff issues.”

water managementThe school district worked with the construction team, the EPA, and county and city engineers/inspectors to resolve the water runoff issue. The resulting stormwater management system on our construction site was redesigned according to strict EPA guidelines and also in compliance with recommendations from Hamilton County and the City of Reading building inspectors.

Work on the site's stormwater management system was accelerated and completed in late November of 2017. The improvementsswale were inspected and approved by the EPA, and both the Hamilton County and the City of Reading inspectors. The improvements included installing a retention pond and creating a swale on both sides of the property to divert rainwater away from school and the homes on Bolser and into the storm system. Vegetation on the property is also being used as an erosion control measure and helps prevent runoff.

retention pondSince these improvements were made, the Hamilton County stormwater management inspector has returned to the site numerous times, including during the heavy rain in August 2018. In his reports, he has confirmed that erosion controls installed in the fall of 2017 are working.

Based on these efforts and reports from the experts, the district believes the measures are now in place to control water runoff at the site. If future water damage claims should occur, the process to file claims starts with the construction company. If you have questions or concerns, please call Chuck LaFata, Reading Superintendent, at 513-426-1940

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Reading, OH 45215
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