WWTA Raising Sewer Rate By 9.8% Effective Oct. 1
The Hamilton County Water & Wastewater Treatment Authority (WWTA) is raising the sewer use rate by 9.8 percent effective Oct. 1.
Officials said, "The WWTA is in the process of entering into a Consent Decree (CD) with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Consent Decree is a negotiated legal settlement and work plan to reduce excessive sanitary sewer overflows (SSO) in Hamilton County. The WWTA has been working with the EPA for over five years to develop a CD work plan that will be both affordable and provide compliance with the Federal Water Pollution Control Act.
"The WWTA is not alone in the need to renew wastewater infrastructure. There are a number of other metropolitan areas across the state of Tennessee who currently have Consent Decrees with the EPA.
"The WWTA will be required to spend over $200 million on rehabilitation projects in the wastewater system in the coming years. These investments will benefit the residents of Hamilton County by protecting the environment and providing for economic growth. Another benefit will be increased compliance with federal and state laws and fewer fines from the regulatory authorities.