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9/3/2014 6:30:00 AM
Ottawa invests six figures into cleaning sewers

NT Staff

By Jeremy Aitken
For the NewsTribune

Ottawa isn’t a big town but it’s large enough to cost more than $486,000 to clean and televise all of its sewer lines.

Ottawa City Council is paying National Power Rodding Corp. of Chicago that much money to continue with the city’s long-term plan of fixing the combined sewer overflow problem. The city plans to clean and send a camera down into more than 175,000 feet of sewer lines to find things that could cause backups in people’s basements. Most of the work is supposed to be done this year.

The city council passed a $4 combined-sewer-overflow surcharge back in 2010 that will pay for the improvements. The added fee onto sewer bills is bringing in a million dollars a year.

Jeremy Aitken is a reporter for Classic Hits 103.9 and AM-1220 WLPO.

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