In 1987, the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency mandated the city of Houston to upgrade its wastewater collection system. Consequently, the Greater Houston Wastewater Program was formed and a $1.2 billion plan was developed to revamp Houston's wastewater collection system. Houston's wastewater system is one of the nation's largest, making rehabilitation a massive undertaking. The impetus for rehabilitation was chronic overflows in the system during wet weather, which resulted in sanitary-sewer overflow. This article describes the three-phased relief strategy, the construction of a new detainment system, and a planning strategy to address problems in 47 separate service areas.


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  • Accession Number: 00715384
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 21 1996 12:00AM