Blueprint Columbus is an exciting new opportunity that is being explored by the City of Columbus. Its focus is eliminating sanitary sewer overflows while also investing in our neighborhoods and our local economy.
There are three types of sewers:
• Combined sewers carry both sewage and rain water to wastewater treatment plants
• Separate sanitary sewers carry sewage from homes and businesses to wastewater treatment plants
• Storm sewers convey rain water from streets, rooftops and parking lots to nearby streams
The City of Columbus is in the process of developing a new approach to eliminate sanitary sewer overflows. Instead of simply storing excess water that seeps into the sanitary sewer system when rain falls and snow melts, Blueprint Columbus will address the source of the problem.
New approaches to old problems require new job skills. Some training opportunities on the design and installation of green infrastructure can be found at these sites:US EPA The Conservation FundCenter for Watershed Protection
Blueprint Columbus’ initial project has begun in Clintonville. This area was chosen because of sewer overflows into Adena Brook, located in Whetstone Park.
A Community Advisory Panel was formed to represent a broad spectrum of stakeholders across Columbus. It's purpose is to advise the City on the development of its plan to address both stormwater runoff and sewer overflows.
Learn how the City is exploring new ways to eliminate sanitary sewer overflows.