The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the city of Bettendorf has to make changes to the sewer system.
"The big issue is sewer back–ups in high rain events and the capacity of our sewer system and our sewage treatment facility to handle such high water events and sewage back ups," says Bettendorf Mayor Bob Gallagher.
For the past few years the Iowa DNR has been working with the Joint Contract Sewage Committee to figure out how to handle the excess waste going into the Mississippi.
They hope to improve the sewer system over the next 20 years, and to prevent the overflow and discharge into the river.
The sewage committee deals with issues in Bettendorf, Davenport and surrounding areas. They will meet this afternoon to look over an order from the Iowa DNR.
The order outlines changes that will be made to the sewer system and a timeline for these changes. No one knows yet what those will be or exactly how they'll affect residents.
Once reviewed the order will be given to the Bettendorf Committee of the Whole tonight to figure out where we go from here.
City leaders tell us most likely they'll formalize the agreement when the committee of the whole meets on Monday night at 5:00PM.
We'll have an update after the meeting on CBS 4 News.
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