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New Basin To Reduce Sewage Flowing Into Beargrass Creek

Ryan Van Velzer/WFPL

  The Metropolitan Sewer District has completeda new sewer overflow basin to capture sewage and stormwater that would otherwise pollute city waterways.

Roughly 110 million gallons of raw sewage and stormwater used to flow into Beargrass Creek every year, damaging the city’s natural resources, said MSD Engineering Director John Loechle.


“This is untreated sewage water, it’s diluted, but it’s still raw sewage that is going into the waterways that we use for recreation,” he said.

But that changed this week when the Metropolitan Sewer District unveiled the new Clifton Heights Combined Sewer Overflow Basin, which holds up to seven million gallons of waste and stormwater during storms.

“100-million gallons plus that used to go into the waterways now will stay in the system and once the rain stops and the system can take of itself, it will go to the treatment plant to be treated,” Loechle said.

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