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Evansville reaches agreement on $729M sewer overflow plan

Evansville reaches agreement on $729M sewer overflow plan

Bill Stephens

February 26th, 2016

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — The city of Evansville has reached an agreement on a $729 million, 24 ½-year plan to cut wastewater overflows into the Ohio River.

City officials revealed details of the plan Thursday. The city reached an agreement on the plan with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Justice and Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

The Evansville Courier & Press (http://bit.ly/21mj6T1 ) reports the plan comes after years of negotiation between the city and EPA sparked by a federal court ruling that Evansville needed to address sewer overflow issues.

Under the agreement, a news release says the city will spend $729 million to upgrade the city’s sewer system infrastructure, improve operations and reduce water pollution.

City officials have said roughly 2 billion gallons of contaminated wastewater gets into the river each year. The plan would reduce that by 98 percent.

 

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