Tuesday, May 28, 2013

EPA News Release (Region 7): $291,000 Grant to Keokuk, Iowa, for Sewer Project

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 7

11201 Renner Boulevard, Lenexa, KS 66219


Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Nine Tribal Nations


$291,000 Grant to Keokuk, Iowa, for Sewer Project


Contact Information: Kris Lancaster, 913-551-7557, (news media only)

Environmental News




(Lenexa, Kan., May 28, 2013) - EPA Region 7 has awarded $291,000 to the City of Keokuk, Iowa, for improvements to its sewer system. The project is expected to be completed by the fall of 2014.


EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks said, “The grant will improve aging water infrastructure and spearhead new projects that will reduce sewer overflows and improve water quality. These water infrastructure funds will help fund a construction project which is estimated to cost $5.4 million.”


The purpose of the project is to construct new sanitary and storm sewer systems, which will eliminate four sewer overflows. The new sewer will provide adequate capacity for both current and anticipated future flows.


Keokuk is one of 10 Iowa cities that have combined sewer systems. These systems typically use one pipe that combines sanitary sewer and storm sewer to the wastewater treatment plants during normal rainfall. However, during rainfall, this system sometimes overflows into nearby streams.


A long-term strategy has been developed to eliminate six combined sewer overflows in Keokuk that drain either into the Mississippi River or Soap Creek.


EPA oversees the protection of water quality and public health. The Agency is working with community leaders and the public to meet the growing needs and demands of limited water resources. EPA remains committed to developing innovative and sustainable solutions for managing and financing infrastructure with public and private partners.


# # #


More information about water-related activities in EPA Region 7


Locate this and other Region 7 news items on the News Where You Live interactive map


Connect with EPA Region 7 on Facebook:


This email was sent to using GovDelivery, on behalf of: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency · 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW · Washington DC 20460 · 202-564-4355 Powered by GovDelivery

No comments:

Post a Comment