Equalizing Wet Weather Flows

by David V. Hobbs, P.E., Assoc.; Greeley & Hanson, Chicago, IL,
Eva V. Tor, P.E., Proj. Engr.; Tighe & Bond Consulting Engrs., Westfield, MA,
Robert D. Shelton, P.E., Lead Engr.; City of Tulsa, OK, Public Works Department, Tulsa, OK,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1999, Vol. 69, Issue 1, Pg. 56-59

Document Type: Feature article


Sanitary sewer overflows and combined sewer overflows can wreak havoc on communities by flooding basements, contaminating drinking water sources and recreational water bodies, and flowing out of manhole covers onto streets and playgrounds. Pressured by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to control these overflows, many municipalities are turning to flow equalization basins (FEBs), which cost considerably less than more traditional methods. Municipalities considering using FEBs to control overflows have many decisions to make regarding location, construction materials, operation, and maintenance procedures. An overview of EPA policies and guidelines for controlling sewer overflows also is included.

Subject Headings: Overflow | Water pollution | Water-based recreation | Combined sewers | Environmental Protection Agency | Local government | Construction materials | Sanitary sewers

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