Springfield moving forward with rainwater recycling project

SPRINGFIELD - Officials in Springfield are moving forward with a project that would help recycle rainwater runoff.

Bidding for the water reuse and bioswale project is expected to begin Thursday.  A bioswale is a shallow ditch that helps filter pollutants out of water by using a special soil.

According to Springfield's public works director, officials hope the project will be finished by the end of the year.  Officials say the project will limit sewer backups due to rainwater entering the system, and will help keep toxins out of the city's sewer system.  The city would use the recycled runoff to water plants downtown and to clean sewer lines.

Most of the project's costs would be covered by a $600,000 Illinois Green Infrastructure Grant.  The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency will review acceptable bids.

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