Indianapolis, U.S. reach deal on sewage overflows

Associated Press
November 8, 2010
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Federal officials have reached an agreement with Indianapolis that modifies the city's plans to reduce raw sewage overflows into several rivers and streams.

The Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency announced the deal Monday.

The agreement modifies a 2006 consent decree. The new plan includes an accelerated construction schedule for the city's efforts to reduce sewage overflows from systems that carry both storm runoff and sanitary waste.

The new plan is expected to reduce overflows from about 7.8 billion gallons to about 414 million gallons per year.

The Justice Department says Indianapolis would save about $444 million of the original projected 20-year cost of $1.73 billion.

A federal judge must approve the agreement.


  • makes too much sense
    I've been saying the same thing - spend that money on water and sewer system that is in dire need of capital investment. We have a third-world system here. And for all of those who are against government and tax dollars "going to Washington" -- if it was up to local leaders and private business, we would be going potty in our backyards.
  • Gee what will the 25th Floor Spin Doctors Say?
    Mayor Marine would rather spend the money on sidewalks and streets but not in your neighborhood... only in those where he can buy votes... It is obvious where $$$ should be spent in the scam of a sale (Highly leveraging of water and sewer assets) to Citizens.

    Those funds should support the water and sewer system.

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