Crumbling Sewers, Flooding And Other Louisville Infrastructure Woes

Apr 22, 2019

Aging infrastructure — in Louisville and across Kentucky — was the topic of discussion on WFPL’s In Conversation Friday.

Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District Executive Director Tony Parrott provided an assessment of MSD’s infrastructure needs, and the ongoing effort to comply with a federal consent decree for a new system to separate the city’s wastewater and stormwater disposal systems.

Parrott says it would take $4.3 billion over the next 20 years to bring all of MSD’s infrastructure up to date.

“We have several flood pump stations here in Louisville that need to be addressed immediately. The longer we push the risk down the road the higher the cost gets,” he said.

Also on the show were Arnita Gadson and Annie Haigler from the West Jefferson County Community Task Force, who talked about efforts to improve flood protection in hard hit west Louisville neighborhoods like Park DuValle, where Haigler lives.

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