Workers in Webb City, Missouri get digging to help avoid a hefty fine from the state's Department of Natural Resources.
The DNR gave a deadline of April 15th to figure out some way of reducing zinc in the city's sewer outflow into nearby Center Creek.
Zinc is believed to harm some aquatic life.
The water is first treated before released. The creek eventually flows into Spring River.
City officials say old pipes built at least 50 years ago have leaks. Ground water with zinc seeps into the pipes.
About 3,400 feet of sewer lines and 24 manholes are set to be replaced by city workers, instead of contractors.
"We're spending about $700,000 versus $1.8 million," says City Manager Carl Francis. "There are nine basins in Webb City. We would not have the money to continue past basin 5, which is the one we're working on right now."
Outside help will later be brought in to line the inside of some pipes.
City officials hope this satisfies the DNR and prevents increases in water bills.
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