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.
last revised April 2009