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Huge sewer bill looms for Chattanooga and taxpayers

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -- A federal order that could cost Chattanooga hundreds of millions of dollars for sewer fixes will be made public this week.

It will involve work to revamp the city's wastewater treatment plant and hundreds of miles of underground sewer lines and alleviate system failures that have plagued the city for nearly a decade.

"We anticipate it will be filed on Tuesday, and it will be open to the public at that time," City Attorney Mike McMahan said Friday.

The negotiated agreement will place the city on a strict timetable stipulating when changes must be implemented, said Jerry Stewart, director of the city's waste resources division, which oversees the sewage treatment plant. He said he could not give details on the timetable yet.

 

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