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Upgrading city sewers will cost Parsons residents

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The City of Parsons, Kansas will soon charge residents an extra fee to upgrade its aging sewer system.

In February 2011 the city's waste water plant was inspected by the Environmental Protection Agency and violations were found.

Now the city is starting a $15 million project to get everything up to code.

"What we are looking at is aging sewer lines and we are no different than any other community in the country," says Parsons Public Information Officer Kari West.  "We have sewer lines that we can estimate are probably 50 years old."

Monitoring the run off water and what can destroy the piping are important facts in getting the cities sewer system up to code, which is why the city is soon going to be charging residents a monthly fee.

"There are issues that crop up like tree roots and things like that, knowing where those things are at and getting those lines cleared and getting them realigned so you will have a new product that will move us 50 years into the future, that's the reason why we're doing it," West says.

The fee amounts to about $10 extra every month and will increase in a few years.  The fees go into affect in July.

"The $10 fee will generate about $400,000 a year or just over that, that money is being set aside to be filed for EPA mandate projects," says West.

About $9 million will come from the residential fees.  The rest of the project will be paid for by low interest loans and grants.

The EPA has given the city a deadline to have everything fixed by 2017.

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