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Mishawaka reaches settlement over sewer discharges

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The United States Attorney's Office and Environmental Protection Agency says they have reached a settlement with the City of Mishawaka over violations of the Clean Water Act.

Under the settlement, Mishawaka has agreed to make an estimated $132.1 million dollars worth of sewer improvements to prevent raw sewage from ending up in the St. Joseph River.

The issue of raw sewage being discharged into a river is one many cities and utility providers are dealing with around the country. Many systems, including Mishawaka's, are combined sanitary and stormwater systems. When it rains, those systems can overflow, sending raw sewage into rivers and streams. Under the settlement, Mishawaka improvements will eliminate such discharges during a typical year of rainfall.

Mishawaka's settlement, which still needs time for public comment, is the third reached with a major city in our area. An agreement with Elkhart was approved by the court in November of 2011. An agreement with South Bend was approved in May of 2012. Combined, the settlements total $800 million dollars in estimated cost and are expected to reduce raw sewage discharges into the St. Joseph River by over 1.1 billion gallons.

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