Utility Wipes Out Sanitary Overflows

Fayetteville tightens up its system and eliminates SSOs while keeping a mindful eye on the future.
Utility Wipes Out Sanitary Overflows
The Black Hills Energy crew that tackled the boring job included (from left) Evans, Drew Wasson, Mark Rogers, Matt Walker, Sheldon Gaesswitz and Kyle Coggins.

Less than 30 years ago, the sewer and water utility of Fayetteville, Arkansas, was dogged by negative headlines — and worse, fined by the Environmental Protection Agency — for generating hundreds of sanitary sewer overflows a year due to inflow and infiltration.

Today, the same utility has made a remarkable turnaround, cutting SSOs to zero.

Now Fayetteville faces a different sort of challenge — maintaining its positive record going forward under new leadership. With...

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