Jefferson County Sewer Rates Likely to Rise With Phosphorus Upgrades

As new environmental regulations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management come into effect, two treatment plants operated by Jefferson County will require $150 million in capital upgrades and higher operational costs, according to Lance LeFleur, ADEM’s Director.

Similar to the upgrades SouthWest Water has had to fund, the improvements in Jefferson County are designed to reduce point-source discharges of phosphorus into the Cahaba River.

The Birmingham News reports Jefferson County Commissioners have been urged to consider rate increases to address the costs of compliance with environmental regulations.

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