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The District has recently awarded two projects to area firms that will improve water pollution control in the Greater Cleveland area.

The first project is the Easterly District Interceptors Hydraulic Improvement contract, which involves cleaning approximately 69,200 feet of sewer as large as 10 feet in diameter. This cleaning will enable the sewers to operate more efficiently and hold a larger volume of wastewater for conveyance to the Easterly Wastewater Treatment Plant in Cleveland. The project also includes removing and replacing several manhole castings. National Power Rodding Corporation won the bid at an estimated cost of $2.98 million. The job should take 18 months to complete.

"This project is another example of the District's proactive approach to sewer maintenance," said Engineer and Project Manager Brian Page, "that results in a prolonged sewer life span and fewer future sewer emergency projects. I'm proud to be a part of this ongoing work."

The second project is a contract awarded to Clean Harbors Environmental Services, Inc. to maintain, repair, purchase, replace and dispose of netting used in floatable control facilities throughout combined sewer overflow sites across the city. When properly maintained, these facilities capture trash and debris that result from combined sewer overflows.

Clean Harbors is offering the first year of services for $212,639.91, which reflects an anticipated increase in overall need for services. Five additional sites are scheduled to come online within the next year, bringing the total number of active netting facilities to ten.