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Akron's Sewage Overflow Basin Gets Tested by Weekend Storms

Akron’s effort to reduce the flow of sewage into streams and rivers was one of five projects that earned "exceptional" honors earlier this month by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Project engineers showcased its new storage basin Tuesday. 

The Howard Storage Basin got its first big workout last weekend when heavy rains that would have carried millions of gallons of sewage overflow into the Little Cuyahoga River stopped in this massive, 30-foot-deep concrete rectangle instead.

Once here, long stainless-steel buckets filled with water, tipped and flushed the debris, sending the contaminated part of the water over to the sewage treatment plant.

Tony Burgoyne of the GPD Group helped design the $21 million project.

‘It’s a wave of energy like an ocean tide. Here, you also see water monitors through throughout and around the basin, that’s for fine cleaning. It’s a cannon. It’s a fun spray park.”

It’s also one of five projects nationally to be rated as exceptional by the U.S. EPA largely because of a series of loans and other financing.

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