"Fourteen months after completion of a $48 million
addition to the city's wastewater-treatment system, Toledo's Bay View
treatment plant no longer dumps raw sewage into the Maumee River.
Although untreated sewage continues to flow through combined sewer
outfalls located along the Maumee and Ottawa rivers during heavy rains
each year, the raw sewage that once routinely overwhelmed the water
treatment plant on North Summit Street is under control.
"We have not had a single untreated bypass since we put this in," said
Robert Williams, the newly retired director of the Public Utilities
Department, which oversaw the project.
The new facility - known both as the "wet-weather" and
"ballasted-flocculation" facility - is the signature project so far of
the $450 million, 15-year commitment the city made when it signed a
consent decree with the U.S. Justice Department in 2002 to end an