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District to Install Netting Equipment to Deter Water Pollution

CLEVELAND -- At the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District's October 2nd board meeting, the District Board of Trustees authorized the purchase of additional netting equipment that will catch floatable debris discharged from combined sewer overflow (CSO) outfall pipes. Fresh Creek Technologies (FCT) will furnish all labor, supervision, materials, equipment, tools and other related items at a cost of approximately $1.28 million.

Known as the Phase 2 Floatables Control Facilities project, FCT will install or modify netting equipment at five outfalls throughout the District's service area. With a 90% capture rate, the netting equipment will help reduce the amount of pollutants discharged from overflows during heavy rainstorms, ultimately improving water quality in the greater Cleveland area.

Phase 1 of the Floatables Control Facilities project involved purchasing and installing five pieces of netting equipment on Cleveland's east side. Over the past year, this netting equipment captured about 15 tons of floating trash. The success of the Phase 1 encouraged the District to purchase additional netting equipment for Phase 2.

This project is part of an ongoing $1.35 billion Combined Sewer Overflow program that the District will implement over the next 15 to 30 years.

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District operates three wastewater treatment plants and related water pollution control facilities on Lake Erie, the Cuyahoga River and Rocky River. The District serves 60 suburban communities and the City of Cleveland and employs approximately 550 people.

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