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City seeks bids for stormwater project

November 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City is seeking consultants to possibly change a long-term plan for the city’s stormwater.

In previous City Council and Board of Works meetings, Columbia City officials decided to look into its options for the long-term plan of the city’s stormwater management.

After discussions, officials want to seek out possible improvements to the plan, which was approved by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) several years ago.

The city is required to make sure no raw sewage is dumped into the river without being treated. Currently, a large portion of the city’s stormwater is taken to the wastewater treatment plant, because systems are combined.

Therefore, the city’s wastewater treatment plant is on overload after a heavy rainfall, and Wastewater Superintendent Mike Cook said his system rarely shuts off.

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