- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

CINCINNATI (AP) - The city-run sewer district in Cincinnati wasted more money by not following its own project-planning rules for the construction of big projects, a Hamilton County monitor said.

Monitor Dave Meyer said a review of recent large projects found that the Metropolitan Sewer District doesn’t follow its rules for hydraulic modeling, which is how engineers estimate the size and scope of work, The Cincinnati Enquirer (https://cin.ci/1ov3LhN ) reported.

County commissioners have directed the embattled MSD to stop wasting money.

MSD officials denied wasting money and said a strict following of the rules would cost more.

But Meyer said ignoring the standards could cost ratepayers upward of $100 million. In addition to being more costly, Meyer said that poor modeling has led to issues with projects currently underway - specifically one in South Fairmount that he said was overbuilt.

MSD engineers have said that Meyer and his team are misreading the data and their model for that project wasn’t as far off as they believe.

“There is an art to modeling and strict standards won’t work,” MSD Director Gerald Checco said.

The agency is undertaking a $3.2 billion court-ordered overhaul of the county sewer system in the wake of a reported lack of oversight on past projects.

The agreement that established the county and city’s shared responsibility of the MSD expires in 2018, potentially setting up a federal court battle to decide who will run the district.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, https://www.enquirer.com


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