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August 19, 2016
For Immediate Release
Michael Gurr
Field Services Superintendent
Phone: 513.785.7231

Dave Bienemann
Municipal Arborist
Phone: 513-785-7285
City Seeks to Help Residents Reduce Wet Basement Issues
Hamilton, Ohio - During wet weather events such as the one experienced in Hamilton on June 2, 2016, rain water from improperly connected downspouts, sump pumps and drains can quickly fill and overwhelm sanitary sewers and cause combined wastewater and rainwater to back up into customer basements (Water in Basements or WIBs). The City of Hamilton has implemented a program to identify and eliminate such improper "clean water" connections in an effort to reduce Water in Basement occurrences.

In addition, the City is working to educate businesses and residents on wet basement causes and steps they can take to help reduce or eliminate such problems.  
Information regarding wet basement causes and solutions and also storm water management resources are available on the City website here. One such resource is the newly developed Landscape Guide for Developers, Businesses and Homeowners, which provides information on the construction and use of rain gardens and rain barrels as a means to manage storm water, reduce water bills and improve the beauty of residential and commercial properties. The Landscape Guide also contains City landscape regulations; information on tree selection, planting and maintenance; recommendations for establishing and maintaining healthy lawns; and other helpful landscaping tips.

The Hamilton Tree Board is partnering with the Butler County Ohio State University Extension Office and the Butler Soil and Water Conservation District to host a free rain garden seminar on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Butler County OSU Extension Office (1802 Princeton Road, Hamilton, Ohio 45011). Speakers will be Lynn White, Butler SWCD Education & Communication Specialist, and Dave Bienemann, City of Hamilton Municipal Arborist. Contact Mr. Bienemann at 513.785.7285 or via email at to register for this free seminar, or to receive additional information.

Future seminars dates and topics will be announced on the City of Hamilton Facebook page, and through the City's weekly E-notify newsletter. Sign up here to receive this weekly newsletter directly to your email inbox. 
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About Hamilton, OhioLocated on the Great Miami River in the heart of the Cincinnati-Dayton metroplex, Hamilton is a historically-significant city with approximately 63,000 residents. Home to Miami University Hamilton and the County Seat of Butler County, Hamilton is the area center for government, finance and industry. Known for its unparalleled art, cultural & recreational activities, Hamilton is continually expanding its quality of life offerings. An award winning community, Hamilton was the recipient of the 2010 & 2015 Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting "Best Water in the World" award, the winner of the 2012 "Best of the Best" award by the Ohio Section of the American Water Works Association, the prestigious 2010 Public Gas System Achievement Award and five consecutive Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) Platinum level awards. Additionally, the Hamilton City School District was named The National School District of Character for 2012. For more information, please visit