Inside the St. Louis Sewer System: A Messy Problem

Whether it's revamping vast sections of tunnels carrying wastewater and raw sewage or paying for the whole process, the overhaul of the St. Louis sewer system is a messy problem.

Below are two reports in a series on the overhaul process. One report, by , examines what's wrong with our sewers, and what it's going to take to fix them.

The other report, by , explores the financial burden of the overhaul, and how rate payers will be footing the bill.

(Maria Altman/St. Louis Public Radio)

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 Radio’s Maria Altman explains MSD’s rate payers will be picking up the tab.

Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

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 Radio’s Véronique LaCapra looks at the problems with our sewers—and what it’s going to take to fix them.