The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District has resolved a lawsuit with the Environmental Protection Agency with promises to fix its aging system.
But the consent decree, which still must be signed off on by a federal judge, comes with a huge price tag, an estimated $4.7 billion over 23 years.
In the second of a two-part series on the overhaul of the sewer district, St. Louis Public Radioâ€™s Maria Altman explains MSDâ€™s rate payers will be picking up the tab.
This summer, the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District settled a four-year lawsuit with the Environmental Protection Agency over violations of the Clean Water Act.
Under the terms of the consent decree, MSD will spend the next 23 years upgrading the St. Louis area sewer system.
In the first of a two-part series on the sewer overhaul, St. Louis Public Radioâ€™s VĂ©ronique LaCapra looks at the problems with our sewersâ€”and what itâ€™s going to take to fix them.
St. Louis Public Radio is a service of the University of Missouri-St. Louis.