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Federal requirements to clean up waste water plants could cost millions

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Federal requirements to improve the health and quality of the Savannah River could mean millions of dollars in improvements to the city waste water plants.

The requirements will be to reduce the amount of waste dumped into the river. While the requirements have not been defined yet by the Environmental Protection Agency, the city anticipates the improvements to meet the new requirements will cost the city millions of dollars.

The city is working on ways to reduce the waste load that gets dumped into the Savannah River on a daily basis, part of the federal requirements to help clean up and improve the quality of the Savannah River.

The Water resource director has anticipated a significant change in the amount that can be dumped into the river, and making those necessary improvements will cost millions of dollars.

"We're not sure exactly what those renovations are," said Public Works and Water Resource Director John Sawyer. "We have an idea, but we're not sure exactly what they are because the limits have not yet been set specifically, so as soon as we know what those are then we will be able to determine what changed in the process we need to make in order to meet those limits."

The requirements have not yet been set, but this also affects plants in Augusta.

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