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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The City of Springfield has received approval for its Sanitary Sewer Overflow Control Plan (OCP) by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
Approved by City Council last December, the OCP is the City’s response to a 2012 Amended Consent Judgment with the State of Missouri and Missouri Department of Natural Resources to reduce sanitary sewer overflows caused by excessive infiltration of rain water into the sewer system.
As enforcement of the federal Clean Water Act of 1972 continues to escalate, most large and medium-sized communities across the United States are under similar legal orders to reduce sewer overflows.
Springfield’s plan is unique, however, in that it uses an integrated planning approach to ensure that investments made in the sewer system represent the “biggest bang for the buck” for the community.
The Springfield plan relies on a phased approach which will invest $200 million into the aging sewer system over the next 10 years, during which time City staff will work to optimize the capacity of the existing system and submit a new plan in 2025.
“Using key concepts from the Springfield-Greene County Integrated Plan, our OCP takes a unique approach to reducing sanitary sewer overflows and represents a significant savings to our ratepayers over more traditional plans,” says Steve Meyer, director of the City's Environmental Services department.
“We believe that if it weren’t for our integrated planning approach, our plan would be considerably higher than Springfield’s $200 million,” said City Manager Greg Burris.
Springfield is not alone in spending large sums of money on reducing overflows. Cities across the nation are facing similar state or federal consent judgments to address sewer overflows during wet weather.
"Though work remains to be done, we are proud of our progress,” Burris said.
For more information, contact Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement Cora Scott at 417-864-1009 or 417-380-3352.