Cincinnati, known for its advanced water technology, is looking to cash in on the innovation and help other cities in the process.
At a Monday news conference City Manager Milton Dohoney announced the formation of a Global Water Technology Hub. He said, "This is the next step of carrying Cincinnati's legacy of being an historic water innovator and this technology will also be an accelerator for technology and innovation in the water industry."
The EPA says every year 14 billion gallons of wastewater is dumped into the Mill Creek. This is because Cincinnati's sewer system is too old to handle the stormwater runoff and it mixes with sewage in one series of pipes.
From L to R: EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe, Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary John Porcari, Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory, and Housing and Urban Development Deputy Secretary Maurice Jones.
A trio of deputies from the Environmental Protection Agency, Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Transportation toured sites along Cincinnati's proposed streetcar route Thursday. They're checking out sustainability projects such as rain gardens and housing developments.