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Springfield City Council Works on Next Phase in Sewer Plan

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- At a luncheon Tuesday, city council heard the next phase in a long-term plan to eliminate storm water from overflowing sewage drains in Springfield.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- At a luncheon Tuesday, city council heard the next phase in a long-term plan to eliminate storm water from overflowing sewage drains in Springfield.

The city's Environmental Services is working to become compliant with the Clean Water Act by sealing manholes and sewage inputs.

Director of Environmental Services Steve Meyer says the plan will cost $200 million and will be paid over the next 10 years.

“If we had gone with the plan that was in the consent judgment, we'd have rates that averaged 9 percent a year with the highest at 17 percent,” says Meyer. “We tried to set our plan, and this is how we got to the $200 million, to have single digit rate increases with the average at 6 percent."

Right now, the average bill in Springfield is just over $27.

Public outreach to educate residents about the Long-Term Overflow Control Plan will take place this fall.

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