Sewer

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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.

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Akron announced today a change to the city's sewer plan that's expected to save about $30 million. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.

A federal judge has allowed modifications to the sewer plan that eliminate the need for a pump station and a secondary sewer along Riverview Road. City officials say that’s greener and will minimize the impact on the Towpath Trail and Cuyahoga River.

Akron Economic Development Director James Hardy says green initiatives, and working on the project’s financing, should lead to more savings in the future.

Tom Chema
M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU

A task force is suggesting that Akron could address three problems at once by rethinking what it does with its reservoirs. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has this highlight from a report today on how the city could operate better.

The Blue Ribbon Task Force presented about a hundred suggestions to Mayor Dan Horrigan. One singled out for special notice is the possibility of raising money by selling conservation easements at Akron’s reservoirs to companies that want a tax break for keeping the land from being developed.  

Task force
M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU

A new task force took its first look today at what it would take to convert Akron’s streets into greener versions that better integrate pedestrians, cyclists and buses as well as cars.

   The group of planners, politicians and community representatives including a environmentally friendly Realtor and the YMCA, is digging into a draft of a city law that would build a concept called “Livable, Complete and Green Streets” into construction and reconstruction projects throughout the city.

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The City of Akron

The U.S. EPA has approved three of the City of Akron’s alternative proposals to redo its sewer system.

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.