OVER THE RHINE, OH (FOX19) - Five dry wells are being installed at Washington Park, marking the first use of dry wells in the city.
In most of the City of Cincinnati, the water from flushing toilets and rainwater share the same pipe in the street, called a combined sewer. When it rains, the pipe often cannot handle the increased flow from the storm and a combined sewer overflow can occur, which results in untreated sanitary sewer being discharged into our streams and rivers. Construction of the dry wells at Washington Park takes 1.8 million gallons of rain water per year out of the combined sewer system, helping reduce the likelihood of combined sewer overflows.
Three of the wells are 35 feet and two are 40 feet. They will be installed into the south six acres of the park, away from the garage construction.
Washington Park is currently under a multi million dollar renovation. Once renovation is completed, Washington Park will serve as an 8-acre urban green space accessible to residents and visitors of downtown Cincinnati and Over-the-Rhine. The Park will be a civic public space with programming organized and managed by 3CDC.