Future rain events in Evansville, Indiana will now be managed through a comprehensive overflow control program called Renew Evansville. The plan — agreed upon by the Evansville Water and Sewer Utility, EPA, and the state of Indiana in February 2016 — calls for the investment of $729 million over the next 24 1/2 years to control combined sewer overflows.
As the Evansville Water and Sewer Utility launches this huge stormwater control program, another project to improve the sewer infrastructure has been going on as well for the last six-plus years. It’s called Clear Path, and it involves inspecting and cleaning all 630 miles of smaller sewer pipes (15 to 18 inches in diameter) as part of the utility’s CMOM (Capacity, Management, Operations and Maintenance) program. Deputy utilities director Mike Labitzke says the Clear Path project will wrap up this coming November, having examined and cleaned lines beneath backyards, alleys and easements that are often forgotten or overlooked.