EPA Mandate Battles Sewer Overflow
Property owners in South Bend, Indiana, may soon be required to disconnect from the city’s sanitary sewer system all stormwater drains and downspouts. The project, mandated by the EPA, involves the separation of miles of combined storm and sanitary sewer lines throughout the city, with the intention of reducing the number of combined sewer overflows.
Sewer overflows occur when a combined system—one that handles both storm and waste water— becomes overwhelmed and flows into a body of water. The proposed ordinance is part of an effort to control the cost of a $660 million sewer project is intended to reduce the number of overflows to no more than four by 2023, as outlined in a federal consent decree.