Making Public Sewers Available For Neighborhood Environmental Health
Sanitary sewers are available to approximately 94% of the existing developments in the City of Springfield. While the remaining 6% of the city is currently without public sewers, City Council adopted the following priority in 1994: "Complete sanitary sewer system to cover 100% of City."
Council adopted this important environmental priority, in part, because septic systems, even when properly designed, constructed, and maintained, have proven to be an unacceptable means of sewage disposal for urban density developments. Seepage from septic systems presents health hazards through contamination of our drinking water, and leach fields can and do pollute our ground water.