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MSD demolishing last of Louisville's small sewage treatment plants

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It smelled, kept neighbors awake around McNeely Lake, and at times polluted Louisville's public water.

Today's demolition of the last of MSD's small sewage treatment plants is nearly 40 years in the making. The utility agency once had 300 of the problem-plagued plants. They often leaked and failed to meet environmental standards for air and water quality. 

Developers built them in the 50's and 60's in small neighborhoods as the city's population grew faster than its infrastructure -- but they were only designed to last about 20 or 30 years. 

"I would say it's important for the water quality of Jefferson County and public health of Jefferson County," said Dennis Thomasson, spokesman for Louisville MSD. "And it's also important for the future growth of Jefferson County."

"We've been wishing and hoping and didn't know if it would happen for us," said neighbor Kenneth Mills. "Thankfully it is and we're happy for that."

MSD now pumps all of its wastewater to five regional treatment plants. 

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