The Chattanooga City Council voted to take the next step in the city's sewer overflow problems.

They drew up a resolution asking the city and county attorneys to study combining sewer systems of the WWTA and the Moccasin Bend Wastewater Treatment plant.

Councilman Chip Henderson says it may not be a glamorous topic, but it needs to be addressed.

"It's not sexy to spend a lot of money on infrastructure, but I think we have put off maintenance for many years,” Henderson said.

The county commission approved a similar resolution, 7 to 2, last week. 

Some council members are concerned about the cost of the study, but Henderson says the investment will be worth it.

"I've actually been studying this for months now, so I felt comfortable bringing it up. And I really felt like it was the best approach to look at efficiencies that could be gained through consolidation,” Henderson said.

Henderson believes the study will show other council members that consolidation is the best thing for Chattanooga.

"We've got plenty of capacity. It does help keep Chattanooga rate payers low or at a reasonable rate. And those were the things I was looking at when studying this,” Henderson said.

Commissioner Chester Bankston says consolidating the city and county sewer programs is the best answer for the sewer problems.

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