The Berke administration announced Tuesday plans to eliminate  further funding to the Moccasin Bend Clean Water Authority.

The MBCWA was created in December 2012 under the Littlefield administration and was intended to  include regional water entities, such as Tennessee American Water Company, Eastside Utility Distribution, and the Hamilton County Water & Wastewater Treatment Authority.

The Berke administration plans to eliminate in an effort to address Chattanooga's sewer and storm water needs.

"We are responsible for providing the best services at the best value to tax payers," said Mayor Andy Berke. "That means creating initiatives with an early focus on sustainability and long-term success, as well as strong support from partners and stakeholders. Unfortunately, after a comprehensive review, we found that the authority does not meet this threshold test."

"The County was hesitant of this particular initiative from the beginning," said Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger.

The Berke administration will continue to explore potential opportunities and partnerships to address the area's sewer and storm water needs moving forward.