EPA chips in $1.1 million for Plattsmouth sewer separation
April 30, 2010

The city of Plattsmouth, Nebraska, is receiving a $1,164,000 grant from the EPA to help with the expensive process of separating the town's storm and sanitary sewers. Plattsmouth claims to be one of the oldest communities in Nebraska, and it is partially a result of its age that the city has to conduct the sewer separation. Older communities' sewer systems often combined stormwater and sanitary sewage in the same pipes; modern standards generally do not permit this combination. The EPA has been pushing those communities with combined sewers to separate them so that stormwater can return to lakes and streams with minimal treatment, while keeping all sanitary sewage in a closed system that must pass through a municipal wastewater treatment plant before being discharged back to rivers and streams. Plattsmouth has about 7,000 residents, so the EPA grant is large enough to make a difference to the project's viability. Nearby Omaha, by comparison, faces a $1.5 billion sewer-separation bill over the next quarter-century.

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