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Some South Beloit Residents Face Thousand Dollar Sewer Bill

<br><p>South Beloit residents will endure a major sewer replacement project this construction season.</p><p>And some residents will have to pay thousands of dollars. </p>

South Beloit residents will endure a major sewer replacement project this construction season.

And some residents will have to pay thousands of dollars.

South Beloit needs to upgrade some of its oldest sewer lines because too much water is leaking into the pipes.

So much water that the sewage treatment plant had to take emergency action two years ago.

"Basically going from the toilet to the river which is illegal to do."

South Beloit's oldest sewers need to be replaced to take the pressure off the treatment plant.

A look down a manhole shows clean water leaking into the system. New sewers will fix part of the problem. But 160 households will have to pay up to 35-hundred dollars to upgrade their connections.

"The leaks just won't come in on our lines, they'll come in on theirs."

"When you get fined that's money you can't use to fix the problem."

Mayor Michael Duffy says the City will bill the homes that get the new plumbing. Rather than raising everyone's sewer rates. But South Beloit is looking for grants to help keep those costs low.

"Senator Syverson said that he and Representative Sosnowski are trying very hard to get us some small grants that could help offset some of the costs of the citizens."

"That's something that would need to be worked into a term payment or something."

South Beloit residents Nancy and Bob Smith say they can't foot that kind of bill right now. But they understand why the work is needed.

"The lines are old, and we know there's been problems, everybody's going to have to pay their part of that."

Because Reininger says if the City dumps waste into the river again. It will face serious problems.

"If we do it again, we're going to get into a lot more trouble and even jail time possibly."

Now upgrading the sewer lines is the City's first priority.

But the mayor says South Beloit also needs a new treatment plant in the future.

He says the Council will give voters the choice to borrow money, or pay to join another City's sewer system.

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