Sarnia is applying for federal assistance to continue its sewer-separation program in the city’s central core.
The next phase would involve separating 6.5 kilometres of connected storm and sanitary sewers buried beneath Cromwell, Cobden and Cameron streets, as well as number of side streets including, Forsythe, College, Euphemia and parts of Vidal and Mitton.
Aging infrastructure would also be renewed as part of the project, which city staff say could costs $26 million over 10 years.
The federal money, if approved, would come from Ottawa’s disaster mitigation and adaptation fund.
Sarnia’s ongoing sewer separation project has reduced basement flooding and helped prevent the release of untreated human waste to the St. Clair River.