combined sewer overflow

a photo outside the combined sewer overflow outfall
SARAH TAYLOR / WKSU

When we hear about infrastructure, most of us probably think of roads and bridges. But there is plenty of underground infrastructure you can’t see--unless you get a behind the scenes tour, which a small group did Tuesday at Edgewater Beach in Cleveland.

"I wouldn’t suggest touching everything all of the time and rollin’ around in there."

photo of Akron sewer project
KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Akron is helping pay to remove a dam in southern Ohio, but it isn’t costing the city anything.  In fact, by acting as a “sponsor” for the Cincinnati-area project that otherwise wouldn't get funding,  Akron is saving money. 

The Ohio EPA’s support of local water-resource improvements is rooted in revolving loan programs. That means outright grants for projects that can’t pay back loans, are not doable.

photo of Akron sewer project
KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Construction is in full swing on the biggest piece of Akron’s $1.4 billion sewer project. A free tour allows people to see what’s happening beneath the city.