(KMOV.com) – Some residents of Lake St. Louis have come out against a plan to fix much of the city’s sewer system.
The proposed plan would involve installing pump stations in people’s backyard and installing new sewer mains. Officials said the $28 million plan would take years to be put in place, but they believe it is necessary because they claim the sewer mains are near the end of their life expectancy.
Eight miles of sewer mains run under the water in Lake St. Louis. Those mains were installed before the manmade lake was created.
“It’s near impossible to maintain and inspect those sewer lines,” said Rob Fisher with Public Supply Water District 2.
The water district said it considered several options, including doing nothing, but decided it was best to install 30 pumping stations around the lake, with 12 miles of new main on land.
“It was the lowest cost alternative that we thought was the most proactive approach, it got us from out from under the lake, we thought it was the best for the community,” Fisher said.
However, some residents think the plan is a bad idea.
“They’re using a fear factor and telling everyone, ‘Oh my gosh, we’re going to have a leak in the lake,” said resident James Treskback.
Treskback, who has lived in Lake St. Louis for 30 years, said other residents are also fighting the plan. He told News 4 he only found out about the pump stations six weeks ago.
“We found out by them coming on our property and putting stakes in the easement,” Treskback said.
Treskback showed News 4 a photoshopped picture, showing what a pump station would look like in his yard, which is right next to the lake.
“The think because they have these easements they can do anything they want,” Treskback
The water district said the plan is now on hold.