EPA grant will help fund Keokuk sewer project

KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $291,000 to Keokuk to help pay for improvements to the southeast Iowa city’s sewer system.

The EPA announced Tuesday the agency had contributed to a $5.4 million project that is expected to be finished by fall 2014.

EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks says in a news release the project will reduce sewer overflows and improve water quality.

Keokuk is one of 10 Iowa cities that have combined sewer systems, in which sanitary sewer and storm sewers feed into one pipe that leads to a wastewater treatment plant. During heavy rainfall, such systems can overflow into streams.

The Keokuk project will eliminate six overflow spots that drain into the Mississippi River or Soap Creek.

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