Erie Interceptor Express Sewer

The city of Springfield will begin the latest project which will likely cost millions to eliminate overflows into local waterways. The city council is set to approve the Erie Interceptor Express Sewer this month. The Express Sewer will mainly transport sanitary flows from the northwestern part of the city, directly to the Wastewater Treatment Plant in order to prevent sewage from bypassing treatment during rain events. Construction is expected to take up to two years with an anticipated completion date of

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Cincinnati’s Dry Run and Columbus’ Largest Project to Improve Sewer Tunnel

Columbus is building an underground storm sewer tunnel which will be the largest public works project in the city’s history. The 4-mile long storm water sewer tunnel is 175 feet under the city and is nearly complete with 3,000 feet to go. At 5-feet an hour, the massive 95-ton drill is doing its best to churn through miles of limestone. The city’s combined storm water and sewer system have become overloaded during heavy rains. The sewer lines have not been

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Ohio’s 2016 Household Sewer Treatment Program

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has released the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) funding agenda. The WPCLF funding program will offer up to $5 million in principal forgiveness funds to local health districts during 2016 for projects that will repair or replace failing HSTS (Household Sewer Treatment Systems). Ohio EPA will use a strategic process to score and award HSTS principal forgiveness projects.  Each local health district will be eligible for a maximum award of $300,000. Sewer treatment systems

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Ohio’s Proactive Approach to Nutrient Pollution

In Ohio there is growing concern for nutrient pollution. The cause stems from too much nitrogen and phosphorus in water. Nutrients are chemical elements that all living organisms—plants and animals—need to grow. When too much nitrogen and phosphorus enter the environment—usually from a wide range of human activities—the water can become polluted. The primary sources of nutrient pollution are runoff of fertilizers, animal manure, sewage treatment plant discharges, storm water runoff, car and power plant emissions, and failing septic tanks.

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Columbus Completes Tunnel Sewer Project

A 4.5-mile-long tunnel was just completed in Columbus to help deter storm water runoff that has been an issue for residents and motorists. The tunnel, located beneath downtown Columbus and the Scioto River, is nearly 200 feet deep and 20 feet in diameter. Crews used a 95-ton boring machine.  The $371 million tunnel, along with two odor-control facilities, is the largest capital project in the history of the City of Columbus. The tunnel project and upgraded treatment facilities will be

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Ohio’s Regional Stormwater Management Program

The Northeast Ohio Sewer District is eager to address flooding, pipe erosion and water quality issues after a /Supreme Court ruling last month.  For several years the Agency has been pushing for a victory insomuch as being able to manage fees and operations of the Sewer District.  Justices ruled in favor of the stormwater program stating that wastewater comes in two forms, essentially being stormwater, as well as, any water containing sewage or industrial waste or other pollutants/contaminants derived from

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The Ohio EPA helps Fund Bloomdale’s Sewer Upgrades

Bloomdale is served by a wastewater collection system that is prone to the buildup of hydrogen sulfide, which corrodes manholes. The manholes will be lined and new seals installed to eliminate the infiltration and inflow, reducing the overflows which can degrade water quality. Created in 1989, the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) provides below-market interest rate loans for communities to improve their sewer wastewater treatment systems. Northwestern Water and Sewer District is receiving a reduced interest rate on this

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Covington’s Sewer Lateral Recovery Plan

The City of Covington and the Wastewater department have implemented a sewer lateral repair program for its residents.  This program reimburses the homeowner for repair costs that are incurred for cleaning and maintenance of a defective lateral.  Due to limited funding, the city will prioritize projects based on the impact to public health and safety rather than on a first-come, first-serve basis.  If a home, or other building, is experiencing blockages or sewer backups, or if sewage is overflowing into

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