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The CSO! Program is a major water quality improvement program being led by the City of Omaha Public Works Department. It will improve water quality in our local rivers and streams by capturing or treating 85% of the average annual combined sewage volume through a series of projects. Before beginning implementation of the CSO! Program, about 3.7 billion gallons of raw sewage mixed with stormwater overflowed into the Missouri River and the Papillion Creek in an average year. Through the CSO! Program, the City will dramatically reduce the volume of overflows and meet regulatory requirements. It is funded by all ratepayers who use the City's regional wastewater collection and treatment system.
Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the CSO Program quickly adapted workflows in all facets of project delivery. While lasting effects are unknown, the Program is poised to continue to deliver design, construction and community outreach in ways that follow health and safety guidance while keeping stakeholders and the public informed. (Read more.)
Water quality focused educational materials are available to teachers, parents and students. All-ages materials include an educational video, activity guide and a green infrastructure worksheet. Students can complete activities to get a CSO-branded shower timer! (Learn more.)
This time lapse video illustrates Saddle Creek Retention Treatment Basin construction progress from June 2019 through July 2020. Construction on the top half of the screen includes a temporary earth retention system, soil excavation and installation of deep foundations supports. Activities on the bottom half of the screen include a new combined sewer diversion structure; two, 120-inch sewers and a new concrete channel liner. H-Pile installation for the foundation in the basin was completed in April 2020 and the focus for the next 12 months will include placing rebar and pouring concrete to construct the basin.
Visit the Omaha CSO Interactive Project Map for specific information for CSO Program projects in or around your neighborhood.
Click the links below for up-to-date information on work that is currently underway, in or around your neighborhood.