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April 9, 2014

Council mulls $6.9M sewer project loan

Regulators want to see action

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The city previously spent $18.5 million for improvements to the sewer/drainage system that were completed in 2006. Called Phase I, that work included upgrades to the city’s water treatment plant and improvements to combined sewer/storm water pipes in the city’s Bradford section, Ward said.

It could eventually cost the city $30 million or more to fully correct the problems and bring Haverhill into compliance with the federal Clean Water Act, Ward said. Future improvements are likely to force the city to increase sewer rates in two or three years, raising the bills of homeowners and businesses, city officials have said.

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