Ottawa’s next sewer separation job might be eligible for a state grant. City Hall is asking for $500,000 to cover most of the estimated $693,000 cost. Rachel Schneider with Renwick and Associates says four places along the Illinois River where storm and sanitary sewers connect on the south side will get work.
Schneider is helping the city make the case that the water discharges into areas where people can come into contact with it through swimming and fishing. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants numerous cities in the Midwest to separate storm and sanitary sewers so household sewage doesn’t run off into rivers and other streams.