EPA orders Fort Madison to change its stormwater treatment
April 14, 2009

The city of Fort Madison, Iowa, has a combined sewer system which integrates both its stormwater and wastewater sewers. As a result, the city occasionally encounters overflow situations during heavy rainstorms. The EPA has been cracking down on these combined sewer overflows, and Fort Madison in particular has been ordered to conduct a pilot system with disinfection for its combined-sewer overflows, at an estimated cost of $4.5 million. This is being done as an alternative to a complete separation of the city's sewers, which would cost four times as much. The city of Spencer, Iowa, recently agreed to a $32 million plan to conduct a full sewer separation over the next 20 years.

Complete separation projects for existing combined sewers can be extremely expensive; Spencer, for instance, is a town of 11,000 people, so the cost to complete the sewer separation will amount to almost $3,000 per resident. We can help communities with CSO mitigation products like bar screens and chlorination systems. Please feel free to contact us with your questions.

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