Sewer fight: Judge backs $1.4B plan to cut NE Ohio pollution


AKRON (AP) -- A long court fight over sewage pollution in northeast Ohio may be winding down. A federal judge has approved a $1.4 billion plan to alleviate Akron's problem with overflowing sewers. But the city still intends to press for a less-expensive solution, affecting 300,000 sewer customers in Akron and 13 suburbs. The city is raising sewer rates and wants approval for system improvements to reduce storm water getting into sewers and aggravating sewer overflows.

About one-third of Akron relies on combined sewers which handle both toilet waste and storm water.

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