Utility Takes Care of Sewer Overflows

Duluth tackles serious inflow and overflow problems and completes consent decree requirements ahead of schedule.
Utility Takes Care of Sewer Overflows
Chris Anderson checks the controls of the Vactor 2100 while cleaning a sewer line with Erick Fronden and Brice Aikin.

“Without them, nothing would have happened.”

That’s Todd Carlson, program coordinator in the engineering office of the Duluth, Minnesota, Department of Public Works and Utilities, talking about his city’s successful program to eliminate wet weather overflows and meet the terms of a consent decree a year ahead of the deadline.

By “them,” he’s not referring to consultants, contractors, regulators or city officials. He means the public.

“The public was a critical...

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