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Olsson honored with national environmental achievement award

Friday, May 23, 2014

Nancy Wichmer, Marketing

Olsson’s “Private Sewer Repair Pilot Program” was recently honored by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) with its National Environmental Achievement Award in Public Information and Education. This award is presented for outstanding programs in the following categories: video, printed publication, educational program, or e-media.

Olsson’s Springfield, Missouri, Public Infrastructure team was selected for this honor for a $50 million program that’s designed to reduce overflows and improve water quality. The program began in the summer of 2012 when the city began a pilot program to find the most cost-effective way to keep rainwater out of the sewer system at no additional charge to the property owner.

The program resulted in 95 percent of the property owners agreeing to evaluations and removed 33 to 39 percent of rainwater from sanitary sewer systems through private property disconnections. The program was completed in August 2013, but, due to its success, the City of Springfield has decided to continue the program.

Olsson Associates was recognized with this honor in February at the 2014 NACWA Winter Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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