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Engineering firm speaks at Quincy City Council

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

It's a problem that has plagued Quincy residents for years - issues with the combined sewer system.

It's been a nightmare for some families this spring with heavy rains leading to sewage backing up into basements.

But now the city is taking steps to correct the issues - as mandated by the EPA.

Steve Kennedy says he's had to cleanup a big sewage mess in his home this spring.

"It started at about 7 o'clock in the morning, I came down and it was coming up through our actual drains - and through the tub - and the toilet."

Quincy Utilities Director David Kent says this issue can be the result of the combined sewer system taking in more than it was meant to handle.

"Floor pumps and septic pumps that pump into a sewer when it's not designed to treat the sewer - what it does is that it limits the carrying capacity, and that ultimately does cause us problems."

And that's illegal - but Kent says the combined sewer system is - in itself - an issue the city has been dealing with for years.

"When our system gets charged, we have excess flows due to excess amounts of rainwater and storm water," says Kent. 

Monday night Aldermen listened to a presentation based on the findings of a ten year survey to analyze the city's problem and set a course of action. Engineers with CDM Smith say they're recommending a box culvert system - an estimated 59-million dollar fix.

"What that box sewer will do is that it will connect to those points of overflow and instead of allowing that water to be discharged back into the Mississippi River, it will allow all that water to be collected and then transferred down to the wastewater treatment plant so it can also be treated," Kent explains. 

Kennedy says improvements are needed...and soon.

"I'd love for it to be solved real quick." 

 


 


 

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