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Blueprint on YouTube

Learn how the City is exploring new ways to eliminate sanitary sewer overflows.  

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Blueprint Columbus is an exciting new opportunity that is being explored by the City of Columbus. Its focus is eliminating sanitary sewer overflows while also investing in our neighborhoods and our local economy.

Mayor Proposes Expanding Blueprint into Linden Mayor Michael B. Coleman is submitting legislation to Columbus City Council to expand Blueprint Columbus into the Linden neighborhood. The legislation seeks to establish professional design contracts for neighborhood projects, and invest more than $3 million to reline more than 10 miles of existing sanitary pipe to prevent the infiltration of stormwater, a major cause of sewer overflows. - learn more

Manhole Cover

Understanding Our Sewer System There are three types of sewers:
• Combined sewers carry both sewage and rain water to wastewater treatment plants
• Separate sanitary sewers carry sewage from homes and businesses to wastewater treatment plants
• Storm sewers convey rain water from streets, rooftops and parking lots to nearby streams - learn more

Water Gushung Manhole

An Old Problem Our sanitary sewer system works well most of the time, but rain water and snow melt can seep into the system and overload it. When this occurs, the amount of water entering the sanitary sewer system exceeds the system’s capacity to hold it. - learn more

Town Street Green Infrastructure

A New Approach The City of Columbus is in the process of developing a new approach to eliminate sanitary sewer overflows. Instead of simply storing excess water that seeps into the sanitary sewer system when rain falls and snow melts, Blueprint Columbus will address the source of the problem. - learn more

Four Pillars

Four Pillars There are four pillars that make up Blueprint Columbus: lateral lining, roof water redirection, a voluntary sump pump program, and green infrastructure. Lateral lining, roof water redirection and sump pumps keep rain water out of the sanitary sewer system and green infrastructure protects the quality of water in our rivers and streams.
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Green Jobs Training

Training Opportunities New approaches to old problems require new job skills.  Some training opportunities on the design and installation of green infrastructure can be found at these sites:

The Conservation Fund
Center for Watershed Protection

Clintonville Neighborhood Open Houses

Clintonville Neighborhood Open Houses Clintonville Neighborhood Open Houses will provide neighborhood-specific information for the green infrastructure planned for your street. Check the map for meeting details. All meetings run from 6 - 8 pm. - learn more

Blueprint Pilot

Vacant Lot Repurposing Pilot Project

Vacant Lot Repurposing Pilot Project The Blueprint Columbus team is working to transform vacant land into an attractive site with a purpose.  - learn more


Community Advisory Panel A Community Advisory Panel was formed to represent a broad spectrum of stakeholders across Columbus. It's purpose is to advise the City on the development of its plan to address both stormwater runoff and sewer overflows. - learn more