Higher bills coming regardless of controversial sewage plant, WWTA head says

Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority Executive Director Mark Harrison speaks with the Times Free Press editorial board in the newspaper's office on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Chattanooga, Tenn.
photo Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority Executive Director Mark Harrison speaks with the Times Free Press editorial board in the newspaper's office on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

What’s next?

* The third public meeting on the proposed sewer plant is 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 8 in the Central High School gym.

Some of the neighbors battling a proposed sewage treatment plant on Mahan Gap Road in Hamilton County have said they're willing to pay higher bills to locate the plant elsewhere.

But higher bills are coming no matter where the plant goes or even if it's never built, the director of the county's sewer authority said.

The Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority expects to increase spending by tenfold in coming years on rehabilitation projects to stop sewer overflows as directed by the federal Clean Water Act.

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