EPA Sewer Overflow Decision Opens Gates for Water Work

Strong, Michael; Armistead, Tom
May 2005
ENR: Engineering News-Record;5/30/2005, Vol. 254 Issue 21, p16
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This article reports that municipalities in the U.S. face estimated capital expenditures of $90 billion to bring their wastewater systems into full compliance with the Clean Water Act following the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision not to allow partially treated sewage to be blended with treated wastewater during storm overflows. The act required communities with combined sewers to take nine steps by 1997, including upgrading maintenance and operations, improving storage capacity and public notification of overflows. It also mandates long-term plans for overflow reduction through infrastructure upgrades, including separate collection systems.


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