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The next TMACOG Tech, June 20, 2 p.m. at TMACOG, will address the issue of maintaining water supply and treatment infrastructure. The Water Is Life program stresses the importance of maintaining and funding water infrastructure and the necessity of establishing funding mechanisms that cover the full cost of the service. Elected officials and water infrastructure operators are invited to attend the presentation and panel discussion.

From the Water is Life presentation

Plentiful fresh water is one of the advantages of living in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. But local governments are still faced with enormous challenges in water supply and treatment. Older cities and villages have older pipes that may be reaching the end of their useful life. Communities that were established with combined stormwater and sanitary systems are facing extremely expensive re-engineering projects to separate the systems. As less money is available from the federal and state governments, local governments need to work together to leverage what funds can be found.

Panelists will include Steve Wordelman from Jones & Henry Engineers, a speaker from the Ohio EPA, and representatives from Luna Pier, Fremont, and the Northwestern Water and Sewer District.

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