LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A major step is now complete in an ongoing project in Lafayette.
In 2009 the city entered into an agreement with the state to address the Combined Sewer Overflow, or CSO issue.
A massive tank was built that will capture more than 200 million gallons of sewage each year.
The tank will help eliminate untreated sewage from getting into the Wabash River. It is roughly the size of an NFL football field.
Director of Lafayette Renew, Brad Talley explains the process.
"That raw sewage that would normally go to the river, we will store it in this tank during rain event and then when the collection system catches up, we will pump it back into the system and send it to the waste water treatment plant," said Talley.
Lafayette is one of nearly 100 Indiana cities that had to address a CSO issue. Mayor Tony Roswarski thinks it's going well.
"It really is kind of an engineering marvel of what we are doing here to handle this run-off that we have," said Roswarski.
He said the project tackles a few more important issues too.
"For the environment, for water quality for the Wabash River to protect our wildlife, our habitat and our natural resources," said Roswarski.
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