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In an effort to improve Springfield’s wastewater system, City Council will vote Monday (5/7) on whether to authorize the City Manager to work directly with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to implement new guidelines. KSMU’s Samuel Crowe has the details.
The proposed state and federally mandated improvements would fix those parts of the city's wastewater system that are getting old. The goal is to protect the health of locals, as well as take care of the environment. The agreement sets a time frame for developing and executing a long-term overflow plan. Stephen Meyer, Director of Springfield's Department of Environmental Services, said he expects this long term overflow plan to be complete by 2031.
The agreement that Council will be voting on outlines these proposed improvements in the Early Action Program.
The cost of the Early Action Program improvements would be $50 million over seven years. The city says the program is designed to increase capacity in the wastewater system by getting rid of future expensive projects.
The City Council meeting will be held Monday (5/7) at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Busch Municipal Building in Springfield. For KSMU News, I’m Samuel Crowe.