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Ohio Water Environment Association Recognizes Akron AWR! Program commended for excellence in engineering and community outreach September 21, 2018 The Ohio Water Environment Association (OWEA) awarded the City of Akron the 2018 Engineering Excellence Award and the 2018 Facility Image Award at the recent One Water Conference in Columbus. The Akron Water Reclamation Facility’s (WRF) Step Feed Phase 1 project won the Engineering Excellence Award. The Akron Waterways Renewed! (AWR!) Public Outreach Program was presented the OWEA’s 2018 Facility Image award for their efforts to educate the public about the AWR! Program. Read More Rosie, the Tunnel Boring Machine, Completes Historic Mile-Long Journey under Downtown Akron August 29, 2018 Today the City of Akron celebrated as Rosie, the tunnel boring machine, completed her mile-long journey digging the Ohio Canal Interceptor Tunnel (OCIT) under downtown Akron. Rosie’s “big dig” started on October 18, 2017 and the final breakthrough occurred at approximately 12:44 PM this afternoon, marking the dramatic conclusion of the first major phase of tunnel construction. Read More Call for SOSA RFPs July 30, 2018 SOSA is beginning the next phase of its outreach in the local business community. We are seeking a
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Gorge Dam Project Agreement Signed for Remedial Design of the Gorge Dam Contaminated Sediments Project July 9, 2018 The Ohio EPA Director and the U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Manager have signed a cooperative project agreement to create a plan for contaminated sediment management and habitat restoration for the Gorge Dam, which is on the Cuyahoga River in the Gorge Metro Park. The project is being funded through the Great Lakes Legacy Act with additional project match funds provided by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The City of Akron is the local sponsor for the state matching funds. Read More Special Notice May 1, 2018 The City of Akron has hired Burgess and Niple, G. Stephens, Robinson Pipe Company, and C&K Industrial Services to perform sewer cleaning/television inspection and manhole inspection services for the City of Akron CSO program. Read More Akron Asks Businesses and Residents for Help in Protecting Sewers March 22, 2018 The City of Akron is asking its residents and businesses to follow simple steps to help prevent costly and unhealthy sewer overflows. Grease is a major cause of sewer line blockages. When a blockage occurs, it can result in sewer backups and overflows into local waterways. During a time when the City is heavily investing in its sewer infrastructure, FOG control is vital to maintain the proper operation of wastewater collection and treatment systems. Read More The City of Akron Celebrates “Fix-a-Leak Week,” March 19th – 25th March 19, 2018 Akron, Ohio, March 19, 2018 – Mayor Horrigan is announcing a week-long public outreach campaign to educate customers about the high cost of residential water leaks and steps homeowners can take to find, fix and repair leaks. Local outreach events are being held in recognition of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Fix-a-Leak Week which is celebrated from March 19 - March 25 to remind Americans to check their household fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks. Read More City of Akron Receives Finance Award December 18, 2017 For the 32nd consecutive year, the City of Akron has been awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for its annual budget. The Distinguished Budget Presentation Award is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental budgeting, and represents a significant achievement by the City of Akron and its management team. Read More Ohio EPA Presents PISCES Award to City of Akron November 22, 2017 Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler presented U.S. EPA’s PISCES Award to the City of Akron for its Howard Storage Basin project. The award is one of 28 projects to be recognized, and one of only five to be rated as exceptional, by U.S. EPA for excellence and innovation within the Clean Water State Revolving Fund program. Read More City to Host Rosie Digs Akron Event - Aug 19 August 10, 2017 The City of Akron and the Akron Waterways Renewed! (AWR!) will be hosting a free “Rosie Digs Akron” kick-off event on August 19th. Mayor Horrigan invites the public to come meet “Rosie,” the massive tunnel boring machine (TBM), as final preparations are being made to send her on her journey under downtown Akron to dig the 6,200 ft. long Ohio Canal Interceptor Tunnel (OCIT). Read More