Monday, February 9, 2009

Louisville's Sewage Problem

Due to the recent power inconsistencies since the major storm two weeks ago, the Metropolitan Sewage District (MSD) has discharged 50,000 gallons of raw sewage into local Hite Creek. This is not a one-time occurrence. Discharges and overflows, the former unintentional and the latter built into the aging sewage system, account for approximately four billion gallons of sewage being pumped into local creeks and the Ohio River.

Plans are currently underway to retool the system which will cost the city an estimated $800 million. The plans include a park system, called green infrastructure, that has been implemented by many other cities and should soak up much of the water that has been funneled into the over-taxed sewers. Other benefits of the park system would include air purification and beautification of our city streets. Realistically, green infrastructure is only the tip of the iceberg. An overhaul of the entire archaic system is badly needed.

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