The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved a low interest loan to help Omaha, Neb., pay for a massive overhaul of its sewer systems.
The $69.7 million loan is earmarked for development of the Saddle Creek Retention Treatment Basin, which is designed to collect and treat up to 320 million gallons per day of wastewater and storm water. EPA said the treatment basin will eliminate 90 percent of water pollution in the area. The project has an estimated construction cost of $93 million to $103 million.
Omaha needs to overhaul its sewer system, because it is unable to handle the volume of sewage and storm runoff. Runoff has overflowed into Saddle Creek Basin streams, which feed Little Papillion Creek and the Missouri River. The full project is expected to cost $142 million, or roughly double the amount financed by the EPA loan.