Jackson said it is likely LMU will expand its groundwater capabilities by adding other wells in the future.
”I couldn’t imagine anyone ever going back to treating river water,” he said.
Discontinuing the treatment of river water is not the only federally-unfunded mandate LMU is dealing with. Earlier this spring, it began the first phase of what is expected to be a 15-year sewer overhaul project estimated to cost about $70 million.
The projects are designed to align the city’s stormwater and sewer system with the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System and the Clean Water Act.
While LMU officials have already found ways to cut the first phase of the project by about $5 million, they’re saying a large increase in stormwater fees will still be required to finish the job.
Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or email@example.com.