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Fixing sewer lines proving to be costly in Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on September 3, 2014

Ottawa isn’t a big town but it’s large enough to cost over $486,000 to clean and televise all of its sewer lines.

The Ottawa City Council is paying National Power Rodding Corporation of Chicago that much money to continue with the city’s long term plan of fixing the combined sewer overflow problem. They plan to clean and send a camera down into over 175,000 feet of sewer lines to find things that could cause backups in people’s basements. Most of the work is supposed to be done this year.

The city council passed a $4 CSO surcharge back in 2010 that will pay for the improvements. The added fee onto sewer bills is bringing in a million dollars a year.

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