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The material in this question and answer series is for your information only. It is not legal advice and is not designed to be used in place of legal advice. You should consult your own attorney for legal advice. The St. Joseph Legal Department provides this series to provide a general summary of procedures concerning violations of city ordinances in the City of St. Joseph, Missouri. It is issued to inform generally, not to advise of specific rights. As with any general information, the answers given here may not specifically apply to you.
Can CSOs be eliminated?
Yes, they can be eliminated, however, the cost is too much of a hardship.

One way to eliminate CSOs would be to add a separate system of pipes to drain stormwater directly to the rivers. Again, this would be very expensive and would also release untreated stormwater in all storms, which would add chemicals from surface runoff to the water bodies.

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1. What is a combined sewer overflow (CSO)?
2. Are CSOs a new problem?
3. What can I do to keep local water safe and clean?
4. How much rain does it take for a CSO discharge to occur?
5. Can CSOs be eliminated?