Spencer gets $146,000 to help with sewer separation
January 19, 2010

The city of Spencer, Iowa, has received $146,000 from the EPA to help with a large and expensive sewer-separation project mandated by a consent order the city and the EPA signed in 2008. Spencer is one of about a dozen Iowa communities with a combined sewer system -- that is, one that serves both the storm sewer and the sanitary sewer. The separation of these combined sewer systems into two systems helps reduce the possibility of contamination of rivers and streams by untreated sewage that can overflow into those waterways when high flows exceed the capacity of the municipal wastewater plant. However, constructing a second sewer system in a mature community is a very expensive proposition, and several Iowa communities have fought their sewer-separation mandates to varying degrees.

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