It's all about clean water!
MSD is helping make our local streams and rivers cleaner by reducing sewer overflows.
Would it surprise you to learn that after heavy rainstorms, many of our local rivers and streams contain sewage?
Our public sewer system was originally built in the 1800s and was designed to overflow during heavy rains to relieve pressure on the system. It was state-of-the-art technology at the time, but it doesn't meet the needs of today.
Since 2009, MSD has been implementing one of the largest public works programs in the history of our community to improve our collection and treatment of wastewater.
Our Wet Weather Program, which is being implemented under a federal Consent Decree (mandate), is designed to:
Resolving sewer overflows is not a quick or easy fix.
MSD has embarked on a multi-decade Wet Weather Program that includes hundreds of sewer improvement and stormwater management projects across Hamilton County. MSD is using a phased approach due to the size, complexity, and cost of the program.
MSD is using multiple strategies to reduce and/or eliminate overflows, including:
MSD has accomplished the following to date:
Follow MSD's progress on reducing CSOs and eliminating SSOs.
MSD is under a federal mandate to reduce and/or eliminate sewer overflows into local rivers and streams. Learn more
What are CSOs, SSOs, and sewer backups and why do they occur?