CSO Controversy

by Misty Mealey, Asst. Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, Reston, VA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1999, Vol. 69, Issue 9, Pg. 38-41

Document Type: Feature article


Under the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) national combined sewer overflow (CSO) policy, more than 900 cities will no longer be able to discharge untreated sewer and storm-water effluent into rivers, lakes, and streams. But eliminating CSOs can be so costly and complicated that many cities—especially smaller ones—say they find it virtually impossible to comply. Regulators, on the other hand, say that communities could be doing more to fix the problem, and insist they will continue to pressure those who resist compliance.

Subject Headings: Combined sewers

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