Good Question: Why do improved sewers mean a greener Lexington?

This week is Earth Week in Lexington, and in our Good Question segment we are answering questions related to the environment.

Good Question: Why do improved sewers mean a greener Lexington?

An inside look at what some of Lexington's sanitary and sewer lines look like show a complete mess.

"Its not exactly a secret that water quality in Fayette County for decades has been poor." said Lexington mayor Jim Newberry.

Poor, the mayor says because of years of neglecting a system that eventually caught up with the city and one environmentalists say repeatedly did damage.

"We had leaking and broken sewer pipes inadequate pump stations all across our community that dumped millions of gallons of sewage into our creeks and streams." said Mayor Newberry.

As a result the Environmental Protection Agency sued the city in 2006 and ordered a clean up.

The city settled and since then increased sanitary sewer fees have resulted in work for improvements being done.

Last year $60 million dollars was spent on sanitary sewer projects.

This year work continues in areas like Vaughn's Branch off Versailles Road.

Some $19 million will be spent this year to make the city's infrastructure stronger and more environmentally friendly for all of us.

" I hope through all of this the message is clear we are starting to make a significant progress in correcting the mistakes of our past." said Mayor Newberry.

Mayor Newberry says it will take eleven to thirteen years to complete the much needed improvements to the sewer system.

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