Shreveport’s water and sewer pipes are old – the average age of underground pipes is 50 years – and they’re leaking and breaking all over the city. Often raw sewage is discharged into neighborhoods and the environment. When that happens it’s called an SSO, a Sanitary Sewer Overflow. The City of Shreveport has been trying to fix the problem with a Band-Aid approach, due to lack of money.
Due to the number of SSOs we’ve had over the past years, the City of Shreveport has negotiated a Federal Consent Decree. The Consent Decree is an agreement between the City of Shreveport, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ), in order to avoid litigation.
The finalized Consent Decree details how and when money must be spent on the water and sewer systems. The City has developed a master plan and a 12-year schedule that will phase in increased water and sewer rates.