The approval allows the city to add “green elements” such as constructed wetlands to help achieve low-cost water quality standards.
Public Service Director John Moore says these initial approvals are a “huge step” for the overall project.
“By getting these first three approvals, we’re hopeful now that they’re going to accept the majority of our Integrated Plan. If they do that, we’re going to be able to save the rate payers somewhere around $300 million," said Moore. "That’d be on the high side, but if we can save a nickel here in Akron, that’s what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to get the cost as low as possible.”
The city’s Merriman, Middlebury and North Hill neighborhoods will be the first to get the newly approved sewer overhaul.