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OHM Cheers End of the "Build it Bigger" Directive: Metropolitan Communities Look to New Methods to Evaluate, Rehabilitate Aging Sewer Systems
Date:5/26/2010

In an effort to crack down on sewer overflows that cause untreated sewage to flow into nearby waters, the EPA has filed lawsuits against a number of major municipal wastewater systems. Rather than building bigger systems to prevent overflows, OHM has helped a few cash-strapped metropolitan communities to combine traditional civil engineering practices with state-of-the-art concepts from the aerospace engineering field. The results? Hundreds of millions in cost savings for taxpayers.

(PRWEB) May 26, 2010 -- Officials in Kansas City, Missouri, announced today that the city will spend $2.5 billion to repair the city's broken sewer system. Sewer systems in major metropolitan areas are aging and deteriorating at an alarming rate. These crumbling systems allow inflow and infiltration, sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) and combined sewer overflows (CSOs) - often causing untreated sewage to flow into nearby lakes, rivers and streams. A recent New York Times article, cites state and federal studies indicating that "thousands of water and sewer systems may be too old to perform properly." OHM, an engineering, architectural and planning firm committed to advancing communities, has successfully partnered with dozens of communities to rehabilitate sewers and comply with EPA mandates.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has filed lawsuits against a number of major municipal sewer systems to enforce the Federal Clean Water Act. These consent decrees require the offending systems to put measures in place to prevent future overflows. The regional
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