The following is Dothan's response to recent SSO events and our efforts to reduce them: "It is no secret that America’s water infrastructure is rapidly aging, with much of it considered at the end of its useful life. Overall, the country’s wastewater systems received a failing grade of “D” on the American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2013 Report Card (http://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/wastewater/). With capital investment needs for the nation’s wastewater and stormwater systems estimated to total $298 billion over the next twenty years, communities across the country are facing challenges in making costly upgrades and repairs to their aging water infrastructure. We are proud to say that Dothan has chosen to be a proactive community by facing this challenge head-on. The City of Dothan has borrowed $70 million for wastewater system upgrades, which has enabled us to complete several projects and more are under design. Furthermore, there are also plans to invest another $30 million+ for upgrades to the Omussee Wastewater Treatment Plant. This project is currently out for bids. In addition to these projects, there is another $20 million worth of wastewater projects that will be under design shortly and fully completed over the next 36 months as required by the Environmental Protection Agency. With over $100 million currently invested and another $20 million to be spent over the next 36 months, the City of Dothan is taking all of the necessary steps to upgrade our wastewater system to address our aging infrastructure and rapidly increasing population." Please note that the above information has been shared in a stand-alone post for easier viewing.