The board of the Narragansett Bay Commission will vote tomorrow on how to approach the third and final phase of the Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) project. That project aims to reduce the amount of untreated sewage and polluted runoff entering Narragansett Bay and its tributaries. The board will discuss three options at a meeting tonight.
The Narragansett Bay Commission re-evaluated this final leg of the CSO project last year through a series of meetings with stakeholders. They discussed three options to move forward with the project, including the current plan in the consent agreement to meet the federal Clean Water Act. All of the options come with a hefty price tag, ranging from $750 million to $924 million.
Ratepayers are footing most of the bill. The Narragansett Bay Commission is required to overhaul its sewer system to meet the federal clean water standards. The project is designed to reduce overflows of untreated sewer and polluted runoff by 95 percent.
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