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Wastewater moratorium announced

Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at 8:10 am


Jason Reese, general manager of Shelbyville Power, Water and Sewer System (SPWS) informed City Council members at the study session for May about a moratorium.

His announcement stated that on April 22, 2024, SPWS received a letter from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) requiring SPWS to enforce a self-imposed moratorium on connections to the wastewater collection system upstream of the Shoffner-Bomar pump station.

Reese explained this is due “to exceeding our overflow limit from January 2024 through April 2024”

He added this does not apply to any connections approved by SPWS before April 22, 2024.

“Since 2019, the SPWS Board has graciously approved over $1.6 Million in sewer rehab projects in this area including a new pump station and 5,228 linear feet of gravity sewer replacement which resulted in no overflows from 2020-2023,” Reese said. “SPWS staff is working diligently with our consulting engineers on a plan to get this moratorium relieved as quickly as possible.”