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November 16, 2017
No Sewer Rate Increase for Third Year in a Row; Changes Ahead in Billing
For the third year in a row, there will be no sewer rate increase for MSD customers. Starting in January, all MSD customers billed by Greater Cincinnati Water Works will be billed monthly instead of quarterly. Learn more...

November 15, 2017
MSD's Proposed 2018 Budgets Under Consideration
The Hamilton County Commissioners recently hosted two public hearings on MSD's proposed 2018 Operating and Capital Improvement Program (CIP) budgets and are expected to vote before the end of the year. View MSD's proposed 2018 Operating Budget. View MSD's proposed Capital Improvement Program (CIP) budget. Visit MSD's budget page.

November 15, 2017
MSD Helping Mitigate Low-Head Dams on Mill Creek
Cincinnati's Office of Environment & Sustainability (OES) and the Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities, in partnership with MSD, are mitigating two low-head dams on the Mill Creek. Learn more...

November 7, 2017
Sewer Backup? 5 Things You Need to Know
5 things you need to know if you have experienced a sewer backup in your home or business. Read the press release...

November 7, 2017
Two Public Hearings on MSD's Proposed 2018 Budgets and Sewer Rates; Additional Public Hearing on Nov. 13 Canceled
The Hamilton County Commissioners are hosting two public hearings on MSD's proposed 2018 budgets and sewer rates. They are scheduled for 11:30 a.m. November 8 and November 15 at the Hamilton County Administration Building, 138 East Court Street, Room 603, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202. An additional public hearing scheduled for 6:30 p.m. November 13 at Communities United for Action (CUFA), 1814 Dreman Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45223 has been canceled. Visit our Hearings and Notices page... Learn more on our budget page...

November 6, 2017
Sewer Backup? 5 Things You Need to Know
5 things you need to know if you have experienced a sewer backup in your home or business. Read more...

November 3, 2017
Public Hearings on MSD's Proposed 2018 Budgets and Sewer Rates
The Hamilton County Commissioners are hosting three public hearings on MSD's proposed 2018 budgets and sewer rates. They are scheduled for 11:30 a.m. November 8 and November 15 at 138 East Court Street, Room 603, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 and at 6:30 p.m. November 13 at Communities United for Action (CUFA), 1814 Dreman Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45223. Visit our Hearings and Notices page...Learn more on our budget page...

October 17, 2017
WCPO.com Story on South Fairmount & Lick Run Greenway
Our Forgotten Neighborhoods: Transformation of South Fairmount through the Lick Run Greenway project. View the article and video...Visit the Lick Run website...

October 4, 2017
MSD Issues 2016 SBE Annual Report
MSD has published its 2016 Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program Annual Report highlighting its 2016 SBE spend performance. View the report... Visit MSD's SBE webpage...

September 8, 2017
MSD Submits Proposed 2018 Budgets to County
MSD has submitted a proposed 2018 Operating Budget and proposed 2018 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) Budget to Hamilton County. Learn more on our budget page...

August 18, 2017
Want to Get Certified in Green?
MSD is hosting a training course this fall to help interested participants prep for the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP) exam in November. The course begins September 8. Download the application... View the brochure...

August 11, 2017
MSD Receives Clean Opinion from State on 2016 Financial Audit
MSD's annual financial audit for 2016 has received an unmodified or “clean” opinion from the State Auditor’s office. This is the highest opinion an entity can receive from the auditor’s office and means that MSD has fairly represented its financial position in accordance with general accounting principles. View the Audit Report...

July 27, 2017
City and County Collaborate on Proposed MSD Agreement
The City and County announced a proposed agreement regarding the future leadership and operation of MSD on July 26, 2017. Learn more...

July 21, 2017
MSD Hosted Lick Run Public Meeting on July 20
More than 100 people attended MSD's Lick Run public meeting on July 20 at Orion Academy in South Fairmount. If you missed it, click here for the meeting materials...

July 12, 2017
Riverside Drive FAQs
The City of Cincinnati is constructing a retaining wall along the western side of Riverside Drive, between Hazen and Vance streets, to protect essential public infrastructure and mitigate future damage caused by ongoing hillside instability. View the FAQs...

June 30, 2017
Status of Project Groundwork
MSD is nearing completion of Phase 1 of Project Groundwork. Phase 2 is scheduled to start in 2019. The deadline for submitting a draft Phase 2 plan to the Regulators has been extended for four months – from June 30 to October 31, 2017 to allow more time for planning. View Phase 1 accomplishments... More info at...

June 16, 2017
Are You Flood Aware? Join the Campaign!
To protect and educate the public, MSD and the Hamilton County Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (EMHSA) are launching a joint education campaign on June 19 to promote Flood Awareness. Help us spread the message! View the press release...

June 12, 2017
Join Us July 20 for Public Meeting on Lick Run Project
MSD is hosting a public meeting on the Lick Run Project from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., Thursday, July 20 at Orion Academy, 1798 Queen City Avenue in South Fairmount. Topics include project updates, construction schedule, and traffic impacts and will feature a large-scale Lick Run Greenway map. Learn more about the overall Lick Run Project...

June 12, 2017
Construction of Lick Run Greenway to Start in July 2017
Construction of the Lick Run Greenway is anticipated to start on July 5 and be complete by Fall 2019. Low bidder Kokosing Industrial, Inc. was awarded the construction contract for $89.9 million. Learn more about the Lick Run Greenway project...

May 31, 2017
Impacts of Flooding and Sewer Backups on Our Community
MSD Director Gerald Checco's presentation on flooding and sewer backups, why they occur and potential solutions. View the presentation... View the video...

April 20, 2017
Be Flood Aware
Tips for preventing floods and sewer backups, protecting your property and possessions and responding if an event occurs. View the press release...

April 18, 2017
Sewer Backup? 5 Things You Need to Know
On April 16, the Cincinnati area was once again hit with a massive rain storm. Here are 5 things you need to know if you have experienced a sewer backup. View the press release...

March 7, 2017
Featured News Story: State of Ohio Completes Performance Audit of MSD
The State Auditor's office completed a year-long performance audit of MSD on February 28, 2017. The findings confirm MSD is a solidly performing organization, providing competitive return on investment to its sewer ratepayers. View the story...

March 7, 2017
MSD Hosts Info Session on Lick Run Greenway for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs)
All prospective general contractors and disadvantaged business enterprises are invited to attend an open information session at MSD from 10 a.m. - Noon on March 15, 2017 to learn more about the project. View the invite letter... View the press release...

March 3, 2017
MSD Gearing Up to Construct the Lick Run Greenway
MSD is gearing up to construct the nationally recognized and long-awaited Lick Run Greenway in South Fairmount. The Hamilton County Commissioners approved funding for the estimated >$100 million construction project on March 1. MSD plans to begin soliciting construction bids starting March 3. View the press release...

March 1, 2017
Sewer Backup? 5 Things You Need to Know
MSD is receiving hundreds of reports of sewer backups following the major rain storm that hit the Cincinnati area on February 28 and March 1. Here are 5 things you need to know if you have experienced a sewer backup. View the press release...

February 10, 2017
Featured News Story: Seeing Orange on the West Side
Ten major MSD sewer projects, as well as two water main relocations and a road repaving, are under construction or will begin construction on the west side of Cincinnati this year. View the story...

January 4, 2017
MSD Gearing Up to Construct the Lick Run Greenway
All general contractors are invited to attend an open information session at MSD from 10 a.m. - Noon on Feb. 1, 2017 to learn more about the project. The session will be followed by a site tour. View the PowerPoint presentation...View the invite letter... View the press release...

January 4, 2017
MSD Gearing Up to Construct the Lick Run Greenway
All general contractors are invited to attend an open information session at MSD from 10 a.m. - Noon on Feb. 1, 2017 to learn more about the project. The session will be followed by a site tour. View the PowerPoint presentation...View the invite letter... View the press release...

December 22, 2016
MSD Building Smarter Sewers to Reduce Costs for Ratepayers
MSD is building a smarter sewer system that will help reduce sewer overflows into our creeks and rivers. And the cost is less than any other solution, gray or green. This is MSD’s best chance of reducing spending and ultimately costs for ratepayers. Read more... View the Sustain Magazine article...

November 26, 2016
Public Hearings on MSD's Proposed 2017 Budget and Sewer Rates
The Hamilton County Commissioners are hosting two public hearings on MSD's proposed 2017 budget and sewer rates. They are scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 7, 2016 and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 138 East Court Street, Room 603, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202. Learn more about MSD's proposed 2017 budget... View the public notice...

November 16, 2016
Why is My Claim Taking So Long? MSD's Claims Process for the August 28, 2016 Rain Storm
There are multiple steps in the MSD claims process for the rain event of August 28, 2016. Some of the steps are fairly simple and short, while others can take some time. Find out more...

November 1, 2016
MSD Receives Clean Opinion on its Annual Financial Audit from State Auditor
MSD's annual financial audit for 2015 and 2014 has received an unmodified or “clean” opinion from the State of Ohio's Auditor's Office. This is the highest opinion an entity can receive from the auditor’s office and means that MSD has fairly represented its financial position in accordance with general accounting principles. View the Financial Audit Report...

October 27, 2016
MSD Hosts Stakeholder Breakfast
MSD hosted its annual breakfast meeting on October 27 at the Sharonville Convention Center for about 200 stakeholders from across the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Download the presentation materials below:

What is MSD? (video)

Flood of August 28, 2016 presentation

Proposed 2017 Budget presentation

Consent Decree Updates presentation

Building Smarter Sewers Through Real-Time Monitoring and Controls (video)

October 17, 2016
Press Release: Assistance from MSD’s Sewer Backup Response (SBU) Program for August 28th Rainstorm
Tips for getting cleanup and claims assistance from MSD. Read more...

October 11, 2016
MSD Earns Ohio EPA's Top Analytical Data Certification
MSD’s Mill Creek Laboratory has earned Ohio EPA’s top analytical data certification for a water quality study of the Mill Creek. Read more...

September 29, 2016
Information from Community Meetings on Sewer Backups
If you were unable to attend a recent public meeting on recovery from the August 28, 2016 rain event, you can download the meeting materials below. For more information about MSD's Sewer Backup Response (SBU) program, please visit the website at sbu.msdgc.org.

  • PowerPoint presentation

  • Fact Sheet

  • Link to Damage Claim Form

  • September 22, 2016
    MSD to Host Two Community Meetings on Sewer Backups Next Week
    MSD is holding two meetings in City neighborhoods next week to provide updates on cleanups and claims. Read more...

    September 13, 2016
    MSD Helping Residents with “Life Safety” Issues and Out-of-Pocket Expenses Related to August 28 Storm
    MSD is prioritizing its damage claims process to help people with “life safety” issues such as lack of electricity, HVAC and/or hot water and out-of-pocket expenses for cleanups and repairs. Read more...

    September 2, 2016
    Cleanup and Claims Help On the Way
    MSD is working to expedite investigations, cleanups and the claims process for sewer backups related to 100-year-plus storm on August 28. Read more...

    August 29, 2016
    Update on MSD Response to Sewer Backups
    Three things you need to know now if you have experienced a sewer backup. Read more...

    August 3, 2016
    Want to Know When Conditions are Likely for Sewer Overflows or Basement Backups? Sign up for Email Alerts Now
    MSD sponsors a CSO notification program to alert Hamilton County residents when existing or predicted weather conditions are likely to cause combined sewer overflows (CSOs) into waterways or sewer backups. Read more...

    July 29, 2016
    MSD Responding to Hundreds of Sewer Backups Following Historic Rainfall Event
    Hundreds of reports of sewer backups were called in to the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSD) on July 28 as the result of a huge rain storm that hit the Cincinnati area in the early morning hours.   Read more...

    May 23, 2016
    Task Force Issues Recommendations to Reduce Sewer Bills
    The Hamilton County Rate Affordability Task Force has issued nine recommendations to help reduce MSD sewer bills. The Hamilton County Commissioners are studying the recommendations to determine which, if any, to accept.  View the report...

    April 14, 2016
    MSD Director Gerald Checco Wins 2016 Earth Day Environmental Award
    Gerald Checco promotes the environment in both his professional and personal life and most recently advocated for an environmentally friendly method of treating sludge from MSD's Little Miami treatment plant. Read more...

    February 25, 2016
    Got a Sewer Backup? Call MSD First at 352-4900
    MSD is spreading the word about its Sewer Backup Response program. If you live in MSD’s service area, you will be receiving a magnet and a card in the mail over the next month. Read more...

    February 10, 2016
    What MSD is Doing to Minimize Sewer Rates
    MSD's Director Gerald Checco talked about the innovative work MSD is performing on its sewer system and the impact it could have on future sewer rates during a Feb. 10th presentation to the Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati. Director Checco also talked about the expiration of the 1968 agreement and recent media attention. View the presentation...

    January 18, 2016
    City Recommends Sustainable Technology to replace Little Miami Incinerator
    The City of Cincinnati is thinking “environmentally friendly” and “economical” when it comes to disposing of solids from MSD's Little Miami treatment plant. Read the Press Release... Read the Preliminary Feasibility Report...

    December 22, 2015
    MSD Earned its 1st National Design-Build Award
    MSD earned its 1st national design-build award for a sewer separation project at the Oakley Station mixed use development in Oakley. Read More...

    December 16, 2015
    2016 Operating and Capital Budgets
    The Hamilton County Commissioners approved MSD's 2016 operating and capital budgets on December 16. The Commissioners are delaying a sewer rate increase until mid-2016 to allow time for recommendations from the Affordability Task Force. Read More...

    November 10, 2015
    Upcoming Public Hearing
    November 18, 2015 & December 9, 2015 Public Hearing on the proposed 2016-2020 Capital Improvement Program; Proposed FY 2016 Operating Budget; Fixing Rates for Sewerage Service Charges. Read More...

    November 2, 2015
    MSD Proposes Revised 2016 Budget
    MSD proposed a revised 2016 budget to the Board of County Commissioners of Hamilton County today. Read More...

    October 29, 2015
    MSD Launches New Name for Lick Run at Annual Stakeholder Breakfast
    Goodbye Lick Run Valley Conveyance System (VCS). Hello Lick Run Greenway. The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSD) announced the new Lick Run Greenway name today during its annual stakeholder breakfast meeting in Sharonville. Read More...

    October 8, 2015
    October 22nd Community Meeting - Werk & Westbourne EHRT
    MSD is hosting a community meeting on the Werk & Westbourne EHRT facility from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 22, 2015 at the Nathanael Greene Lodge, 6394 Wesselman Road, Cincinnati, OH 45248. Learn More...

    July 30, 2015
    MSD's Student Intern Academy Celebrating 9th Year of Success
    The City of Cincinnati's sewer, water and stormwater departments are partnering with the Cincinnati Public and Hamilton County partner schools, and parochial schools to celebrate the 9th year of successful summer youth employment for local students. Read More...

    July 24, 2015
    MSD Receives DBAI Award
    Opportunity knocked and the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSDGC) answered, culminating in the district’s first National Award of Merit from the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) for its Oakley Sewer Separation Project. Read More...

    June 16, 2015
    MSD Receives Unique 2015 Platinum Excellence in Management Award
    The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSD) is the recipient of the 2015 Platinum Excellence in Management by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA). Read More...

    June 8, 2015
    The Metropolitan Sewer District, Stormwater Management and Greater Cincinnati Water Works Kicks off the 2015 Student Intern Academy
    The City of Cincinnati's sewer, water and stormwater departments are partnering with the Cincinnati Public and Hamilton County partner schools, and parochial schools to kick off the 9th year of the Student Intern Academy summer youth employment for local students. Read More...

    June 4, 2015
    MSD Receives Platinum Peak Performance Award
    The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati's Taylor Creek Wastewater Plant has received honors from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA). Taylor Creek was awarded the prestigious Platinum Peak Performance award for 17 years of consecutive 100% compliance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. Read More...

    May 11, 2015
    MSD Earns National Accreditation for its Environmental Lab
    The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSD) has earned national accreditation from The NELAC Institute for its environmental laboratory. The NELAC Institute, a non-profit organization based in Texas, requires compliance with rigorous and uniform laboratory standards covering sample collection, training and experience of lab staff, and data analysis including specific analytical methods to run samples and quality control. Read More...

    April 23, 2015
    MSD/GCWW Hosting Two Conferences in Cincy this Week
    The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSD) and Greater Cincinnati Water Works (GCWW) are hosting two conferences in Cincinnati this week geared toward improving management of water and wastewater. Read More...

    April 12, 2015
    Flood Operations Activated at the Mill Creek Barrier Dam
    Due to rising water levels in the Ohio River, the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSD) and the City of Cincinnati’s Stormwater Management Utility (SMU) have activated flood operations at the Mill Creek Barrier Dam to protect the Mill Creek valley from flooding. Read More...

    March 31, 2015
    Mill Creek Barrier Dam Protects the Mill Creek Valley from Flooding
    As a result of the recent flooding in the Ohio River, the Mill Creek Barrier Dam was placed into service on Friday, March 6 and operated for a period of two weeks. It was taken off line on Friday, March 20. The barrier dam and floodwall/floodgate system prevents rising water in the Ohio River from causing local flooding in the Mill Creek valley. A flood gate is put in place at the mouth of the Mill Creek, just inland from the Ohio River, to prevent Ohio River water from backflowing into the Mill Creek. Large pumps inside the dam are then used to pump the flow of the Mill Creek through the dam to the Ohio River. For the period of March 6 to March 16, approximately 6 billion gallons of creek water was pumped through to the Ohio River to protect the Mill Creek valley from flooding. Also during this period, four flood gates were installed in the floodwall in the Queensgate area including the gates at Mehring Way, Carr St, Harriett St, and the rail line east of Freeman Ave. These gates were taken down once the river level receded. Read more

    March 18, 2015
    MSD Joins Value of Water Coalition
    The Value of Water Coalition is a group of major public utilities, water and wastewater associations and private sector companies with the goal of drawing attention to our nation’s aging and underfunded water and wastewater infrastructure. MSD is one of 12 new partners in this growing coalition which recently hired a new director and launched a new website. Read more

    March 13, 2015
    Due to Rising Ohio River, MSD Installing Additional Floodgates
    At noon today, the Ohio River level elevation at the Cincinnati Suspension Bridge Gage was 52.7. Read more

    March 6, 2015
    Ohio River Levels Rising
    MSD Prepares for Flood Operation at the Mill Creek Barrier Dam. Read more

    March 3, 2015
    Warmer Temperatures Could Lead to Local Flooding
    The Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) is watching the weather conditions closely in anticipation of potential local flooding conditions due to warmer temperatures. Read more

    February 27, 2015
    No Impact Observed on Ohio River from Crude Oil Spill in West Virginia
    All oil and contaminated soil from the site of the train derailment in southern West Virginia are safely contained, and site remediation is ongoing. No oil has reached or will reach the Ohio River from this incident, and at this time the situation is no longer considered a threat to either the Kanawha or Ohio rivers. Read more

    February 20, 2015
    No Impact on Ohio River Expected From Crude Oil Spill in West Virginia
    Response teams on site at the train derailment in southern West Virginia are reporting that little, if any, oil has reached the Kanawha River. Water samples have been collected hourly from the river. No oil has been detected in the samples. GCWW will continue to stay in contact with the response teams to monitor the situation. Read more

    December 17, 2014
    Tony Parrott: City, MSD Getting it Right
    When it comes to tackling major challenges, the Cincinnati community has a long history of integrating innovation with hard work. The $3.2 billion federal consent decree requiring a massive overhaul of our sewer system is more proof of Cincinnati’s willingness to find innovative solutions that do more than solve a problem. Read more…

    December 11, 2014
    MSD's Lick Run Project Continues to Move Forward
    The Lick Run Valley Conveyance System (VCS) project in South Fairmount (which includes a mile-long urban waterway) is continuing to move forward. Read more...

    December 3, 2014
    Upcoming Public Hearings
    December 3, 2014 & December 8, 2014: To consider the 2015 Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati's (MSD) Operating Budget, the 2015 MSD Capital Improvement Program (CIP), and to consider a revised rate structure for MSD sewerage service charges and surcharges. Learn more...

    December 3, 2014
    MSD Sewer Rate
    What price should be placed on protecting public health? That is the difficult question faced each year by the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSD) as operating and capital improvement budgets are prepared. Read more…

    November 25, 2014
    Lick Run Public Meeting December 2, 2014
    MSD is hosting a status update meeting on the Lick Run Project from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at Orion Academy in South Fairmount. Read more…

    November 21, 2014
    Integration of Utilities Saves Money
    Cost savings from the integration of MSD, GCWW and the city’s Stormwater Management Utility (SMU) are currently projected to be about $55 million over the next decade. WVXU highlights the story. Read more…

    November 14, 2014
    Helpful Tips for Preventing Pipe Bursts
    Snow and ice and frigid temperatures often lead to frozen pipes. To help protect residents and business owners from the expense and headache of dealing with frozen pipes, GCWW has a few tips to help keep the bursts at bay. Learn More...

    October 29, 2014
    2013 RFQ Awardees of Master Agreements for Professional Consulting Services
    The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSDGC) is pleased to announce the awardees of new Master Agreements for professional services resulting from the 2013 Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process. Read More...

    October 28, 2014
    Increase in Storm Sewer Grate Thefts
    Recently, a number of public storm sewer grates have been stolen throughout the City of Cincinnati, especially in the communities of Riverside and Sayler Park. Missing storm grates result in open holes in the street which are hazardous to vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic. In addition, replacing the sewer grates is a costly expenditure for the City of Cincinnati. Read More...

    September 17, 2014
    State Auditor Opinion on MSDGC Financial Statements
    The Office of Ohio State Auditor David Yost found that the financial statements of the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati "present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, as of December 31, 2013, and the changes in financial position and, its cash flows for the year then ended in accordance with the accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America." Read More...

    September 10, 2014
    MSD and GCWW Featured in National Jobs Economic Report
    A new national jobs economic report showcases MSD's and GCWW's efforts in the rebuilding of America's water infrastructure. Read More...

    September 10, 2014
    MSD and GE Team Up on Software Technology to Capture CSO Data
    MSD is partnering with GE Intelligent Platforms and Cincinnati-based Gray Matter Systems to use the Proficy® suite of software to capture flow data on combined sewer overflows (CSOs). Read More...

    September 9, 2014
    Upcoming Public Hearing
    October 15, 2014: Public Hearing on improvement to construct Sanitary Sewer Project No. 5894, Project ID 10330015 Werk Road Local Sewer (HNs 5544-5686). Learn More...

    August 21, 2014
    Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Construction Manager at Risk for the Lick Run Valley Conveyance System
    MSDGC requests Qualifications Statements from interested Offerors to provide professional services through the use of a Professional Agreement (PA). In general, these services include, but are not limited to, activities associated with the development and construction execution of the Lick Run Valley Conveyance System (VCS) Project. Learn More...

    August 21, 2014
    Upcoming Public Hearing
    September 17, 2014: Public Hearing on improvement to construct Sanitary Sewer Project No. 6194, Project ID 10370045, Mt. Carmel Road, Vicbarb Lane and Apple Blossom Lane Local Sewer Learn More...

    August 21, 2014
    Shields Street Sinkhole Sewer Repairs Complete
    The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSDGC) has completed the repair of a nearly 100-year-old sewer line under Shields Street, which collapsed in June and caused a sinkhole that closed the street for more than a month. Read More...

    August 1, 2014
    Upcoming Public Hearing
    September 17, 2014: Public Hearing on Improvement to construct Sanitary Sewer Project No. 6096, Project ID 10340024, North Bend Road Local Sewer (HNs 504-565) Learn More...

    July 30, 2014
    More than just a Sewer System
    MSD Executive Director shares his vision for transforming a community by leveraging infrastructure investments that will spark other investments. The Cincinnati Herald highlights the effort, Read More...

    June 30, 2014
    MSD Honored with Platinum Peak Performance Award
    The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) has recognized the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati's Taylor Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant with the prestigious Platinum Peak Performance Award for 16 years of consecutive 100% compliance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. Read More...

    June 25, 2014
    Update on Shields Street Sinkhole
    A nearly 100-year-old sewer line collapsed under Shields Street last week causing a sinkhole that has closed the street for at least a month while repairs are being made. Read More...

    June 12, 2014
    MSD Innovative Project Delivery Saves Money, Supports Urban Renewal
    Urban renewal, local job creation, combined sewer overflow reduction, and cost savings are being achieved through an innovative project delivery approach the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSD) has led the way in successfully adopting. Read More...

    May 29, 2014
    City Responds to County Concerns over MSD Consent Decree
    Recently the City of Cincinnati received a letter from the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners expressing concerns with MSD and its management of the Consent Decree program. It is important that the misinformation reported be addressed because of the potentially damaging impacts of such assertions on the prosperity of the Cincinnati community. Read More...

    April 10, 2014
    Cincinnati Participating in National Discussion about U.S. Water Infrastructure
    Tony Parrott, Executive Director of Greater Cincinnati Water Works and the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater (MSD), Cincinnati will participate in the Value of Water Coalition's national panel discussion about water infrastructure in Washington, DC on May 14. Read More... You can also view a video of the conference here

    April 10, 2014
    MSD and 2014 U.S. Water Prize Winners lauded by EPA Administrator
    The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati was honored for its pursuit of cleaner, greener strategies to reduce water pollution, beautify neighborhoods and drive economic development during the U.S. Water Alliance’s U.S. Water Prize ceremony held Monday, April 7 in Washington, D.C. Read More...

    April 2, 2014
    U.S. EPA Deconstruction & Demolition Webinar
    The U.S. EPA, in coordination with MSD, hosted a free webinar in February 2013 on deconstruction and demolition of buildings, using the Lick Run Project as an example. Learn how building demolitions that include full and partial deconstruction contribute to material recovery, job training, and support for local markets. View the Webinar here...

    March 21, 2014
    Prevailing Wage Seminar
    The Office of Contract Compliance (OCC) & Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) invite Construction Contractors and City Departments to attend a Prevailing Wage Seminar that is being held on April 7, 2014. Directions to the event can be found here.

    February 21, 2014
    Excavation Complete
    MSD, in collaboration with Rumpke Sanitary Landfill and the Ohio EPA, has completed excavation of 110, 30-yard containers of trash and recovered 210 cubic yards of trash containing mercury. Read More...

    February 14, 2014
    Proposed Revisions to MSD Stormwater Regulations
    MSD is proposing to revise its stormwater regulations for new developments or redevelopments within the combined sewer system. Read More...

    January 27, 2014
    MSD Named 2014 U.S. Water Prize Winner
    The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSD) has been named a 2014 U.S. Water Prize Winner by the U.S. Water Alliance. MSD was selected for the national award because of its green infrastructure strategy to reduce water pollution, beautify neighborhoods and help spark economic development. Read More...

    January 24, 2014
    Lick Run Project Featured on NPR
    New urban waterways are making a comeback. MSD's Lick Run project was featured in a National Public Radio report about cities bringing back buried streams and creating lasting environmental and economic benefits. Listen to the Story... (MP3 file will open in your default player or browser window)

    January 9, 2014
    Cincinnati Water Utilities to Host International Water Conference in 2015
    The International Water Association (IWA), in partnership with Greater Cincinnati Water Works and the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati, will host water experts from around the globe in April 2015 during a joint specialty water conference. This is the first time the conference will be held in North America. World water leaders will discuss critical water and wastewater industry issues. Read More...

    December 18, 2013
    MSD Director to Receive National Environmental Achievement Award
    MSD's Executive Director has been selected to receive the National Association of Clean Water Agencies 2014 Environmental Achievement Award. Read More...

    December 04, 2013
    Cincinnati Reds and MSD Team Up for Clean Water
    The Reds and MSD are teaming up to sustainably manage stormwater at Cincinnati's Roselawn Park. MSD's project, which integrates the new P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy now under construction at the park, will improve water quality, beautify the park and reduce sewer overflows into the Mill Creek. Read More...

    November 15, 2013
    Upcoming Public Hearings
    December 4, 2013 & December 11, 2013: To consider the 2014 Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati's (MSD) Operating Budget, the 2014 - 2018 MSD Capital Improvement Program (CIP), and to consider a revised rate structure for MSD sewerage service charges and surcharges. Learn more...

    November 6, 2013
    MSD Works to Get Water on the National Agenda
    Representatives from MSD joined recently with utility executives from Washington DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and other major U.S. cities to discuss current and future challenges utilities face and strategize on how to best overcome those challenges. Read More...

    October 29, 2013
    Lick Run Stormater and Sewer Project Underway
    One of the gateways to and from Cincinnati's west side is in the midst of a massive change. As Local 12 WKRC reports, the one mile area between Queen City and Westwood Avenue is changing to make way for water. Watch the video. Watch the video...

    October 8, 2013
    MSD Initiates Next Phase of Mercury Clean-up
    MSD, in collaboration with Rumpke Sanitary Landfill and the Ohio EPA, is preparing to implement the next phase of a plan to determine appropriate clean-up of as many as nine flow meters, which were accidently placed in Rumpke Sanitary Landfill. Read more...

    September 19, 2013
    Wet wipes clean up easily, but they could be causing costly sewer clogs
    Wet wipes have become increasingly popular and are often flushed down toilets. But that convenience can lead to unhealthy sewer overflows of untreated wastewater and drive up sewer maintenance costs. Read more...

    September 17, 2013
    MSDGC Requests Qualifications Statements
    MSDGC is requesting Qualifications Statements from interested Offerors to provide professional services in the following service areas:

    July 24, 2013
    MSD Launches Water Quality App and Website for Ohio River Recreation
    MSD is launching a website and free wireless device app that can help water enthusiasts make informed decisions about where and when to boat, fish, paddle and engage in other water sports on the Ohio River. Read more...

    July 22, 2013
    Some Sewer Assessment Projects Suspended for County Commission Review
    On July 10, the Board of County Commissioners of Hamilton County, Ohio decided to review the policy for addressing voluntary requests for sewer assessments, or “local sewers.” The Commissioners are planning to meet with MSD on Monday, August 19, 2013, to discuss the policy. This meeting will be televised to the public. Read more...

    July 16, 2013
    Cincinnati Leading Transformative Utility Management Approach
    Utility leaders from around the country joined with Greater Cincinnati Water Works (GCWW) and the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSD) today, to talk about sophisticated management approaches, innovative green infrastructure techniques and new utility-to-utility partnerships that are transforming the way utilities think and operate. Read more... View a video of the Conference here...

    July 9, 2013
    Clean-Up Nearly Complete Following Mercury Spill
    The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati has been working throughout the week with local partners to safely collect, remove and dispose of mercury that spilled from equipment on June 22, 2013. Read more...

    June 17, 2013
    MSD's Green Strategies Featured in National Study
    MSD's use of innovative green infrastructure to treat, capture or remove 85-percent of the annual 14 billion gallons of CSOs in the district’s service area is featured in a study by the National Resources Defense Council. Read more...

    June 11, 2013
    MSDGC Requests Qualifications Statements
    MSDGC is requesting Qualifications Statements from interested Offerors to provide professional services in the following service areas:

          Specialized Support Services - THIS RFQ IS CLOSED
          Pre-Treatment Professional Services - THIS RFQ IS CLOSED
          Owner's Representative Services for the Great Miami Wastewater Treatment Plan - THIS RFQ IS CLOSED

    June 10, 2013
    MSDGC Announces Results of Information Technology and Support Services RFQ
    MSDGC has completed the Information Technology and Support Services RFQ process and has identified Offerors deemed “Most Advantageous” and in the “Best Interest of the City.” MSDGC will notify the successful Offerors regarding the schedule and process for awarding agreements. All Offerors will be notified via email in June or July 2013 regarding the status of their submittals. Click here for a list of successful Offerors and additional information about the contract process.

    June 3, 2013
    U.S. EPA Approves Lower Mill Creek Solution
    MSD's nationally recognized solution for reducing combined sewer overflows (CSOs) into the Mill Creek was approved May 30, 2013 by the U.S. EPA and other Regulators. Read More...

    May 30, 2013
    Upcoming Public Hearing
    July 10, 2013: Public Hearing on Improvement to construct Sanitary Sewer Project No. 5956, Project ID 10370035, State Road Local Sewer (HNs 7737-7849). Learn More...

    May 21, 2013
    New Lick Run Brownsfields Video
    A new video on MSD's proposed Lick Run project and its impact on brownfields was released last week at the 2013 National Brownfields Conference in Atlanta, which drew more than 6,000 attendees.

    The Lick Run project, part of MSD's Lower Mill Creek solution to reduce combined sewer overflows (CSOs) into the Mill Creek, is anticipated to clean up and repurpose about 30 acres of brownfields, vacant or otherwise underutilized land in the City of Cincinnati's South Fairmount neighborhood and provide a catalyst for revitalization of other brownfield sites in the vicinity.

    The U.S. EPA approved the Lower Mill Creek solution in May 2013.

    Click here for the video.

    May 14, 2013
    MetroWest
    MSD, along with Greater Cincinnati Water Works and the City of Cincinnati, has announced plans to market an 18-acre industrial site uniquely situated to provide millions of gallons of any quality of water - from potable to finely treated wastewater. MSD's Tony Parrott talks about the project on 12 WKRC's Business Watch. Click here to watch the video.

    May 7, 2013
    Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Owner's Representative Services for the Great Miami Wastewater Treatment Plant
    MSDGC requests Qualifications Statements from interested Offerors to provide professional services through the use of a Professional Agreement (PA). In general, these services include, but are not limited to, activities associated with the development and construction execution of the Great Miami Wastewater Treatment Plant (GMWWTP). Learn More...

    April 17, 2013
    MSD Executive Director Named Public Administrator of the Year
    Tony Parrott, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati, received the 2013 Public Administrator of the Year Award, Innovation Category, during an awards ceremony on April 19, 2013 at The Phoenix in downtown Cincinnati. Read more...

    April 17, 2013
    City Of Cincinnati Using Abundance Of Water To Attract Interest In Industrial Site
    The City of Cincinnati is offering an abundance of water - up to 50 million gallons daily - to attract interest from high water users in a developable 18-acre industrial site known as MetroWest Commerce Park. Read More...

    March 18, 2013
    Cincinnati Announces a Collaboration to Establish a Global Water Technology Hub
    Cincinnati City Manager Milton Dohoney has announced collaborative partnership with GCWW, MSD, regional stakeholders and utilities in Israel and Canada to establish a utility-based "water technology innovation hub" that will bring water technologies from idea to market. Read More...

    March 14, 2013
    MSD & Water Works Featured as Industry Leaders in National Water Report
    A new water industry report showcases the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati's and Greater Cincinnati Water Works' leading use of asset management practices. Read More...

    March 3, 2012
    Water For Jobs Campaign
    MSD Executive Director and WEF Member shares insight on the role of infrastructure investments during the Water For Jobs campaign video.

    February 26, 2013
    Combined Sewer Connection Credits Requirement Eliminated
    MSD's combined sewer connection credits requirement has been eliminated making way for more affordable development in Cincinnati and Hamilton County Read More...

    February 16, 2013
    MSD Developing Assessment Tool, Could Lead to Nationally Recognized Practices and Reporting Measures
    The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSD) is developing a new benchmark assessment tool designed to measure utility performance needed to comply with Consent Decrees under the Federal Clean Water Act. The tool will assist MSD, and potentially other utilities, to benchmark and evaluate performance and practices against utility peers, and develop strategies for improvements as needed. Learn More...

    February 11, 2013
    Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for As-Needed Health & Safety Support & Services
    The RFQ for as-needed Health and Safety Consulting and Support Services is now closed. The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSDGC) is currently reviewing Qualifications Statements that were submitted by the March 19, 2013 deadline. Learn More....

    February 10, 2013
    Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for As-Needed Information Technology Support Services
    The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSDGC) has received Qualifications Statements to provide as-needed Information Technology Support Services through the use of a Master Services Agreement (MSA) on March 12, 2013. This RFQ is now closed and submittals are being evaluated. Learn More....

    February 8, 2013
    Slowing Rise of Water Rates
    MSD and Greater Cincinnati Water Works are working together to lower costs in effort to reduce the financial burden placed on customers. The Cincinnati Business Courier highlights the effort here. And gives its thoughts on the collaboration. To view the video segment on Channel 12’s Business Watch, click here.

    January 13, 2013
    Federal officials praise Cincinnati's green initiatives
    A trio of deputies from the Environmental Protection Agency, Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Transportation toured sustainability projects including MSD’s Lick Run project in the Lower Mill Creek. Read more...

    January 7, 2013
    MSA Pre-Submittal Meeting
    MSD held a pre-submittal meeting for all of the upcoming MSA's on February 11, 2013 at the Administration Building located at 1081 Woodrow Street. Staff presented information on the upcoming MSA process, along with timetables of when particular MSA’s are scheduled for advertisement. An attendance list from the meeting can be viewed here. For any questions, please contact Mr. Donald Cahill via email at donald.cahill@cincinnati-oh.gov.

    January 2, 2013
    U.S. EPA Hosts Comment Period on Lower Mill Creek Solution
    The U.S. EPA is seeking public comments on MSD's proposed plan to reduce sewer overflows into the Mill Creek. MSD, on behalf of Hamilton County and the City of Cincinnati, submitted the proposal—known as the Revised Original Lower Mill Creek Partial Remedy—to federal, state and local environmental regulators in December 2012. U.S. EPA invites public comments on the plan.

    December 22, 2012
    Proposed Solution for Lower Mill Creek Submitted to Regulators
    On December 20, 2012 – after nearly three years of technical evaluation and stakeholder involvement to develop an integrated watershed-based solution to wastewater, combined sewer overflow (CSO) and stormwater issues – MSD submitted its Nationally Recognized Lower Mill Creek Partial Remedy (LMCPR) Study Report to the USEPA and other Regulators1 governing MSD’s Consent Decree. USEPA is holding a public comment period on the LMCPR in January 2013. Read More...

    December 13, 2012
    MSD's 10th Stakeholder Breakfast
    The Executive Director shared with local dignitaries and other attendees that MSD is not alone in redefining how wet weather issues can be addressed. MSDGC along with other CSO Communities is working to clean up pollution by building green infrastructure and creating jobs in the process.

    October 25th, 2012
    City Agencies Working Toward Green Infrastructure
    As cities rush to solve major problems with water infrastructure, newer technologies are being touted by city agencies as cheaper, cleaner solutions. In two different local projects, MSD and a City Council task force are looking into green ways to solve the city’s water needs. Read more...

    October 1, 2012
    MSD to Host 10th Annual Stakeholder Breakfast
    MSD will host the annual Stakeholder Breakfast on October 30, 2012. Local dignitaries and other interested parties will be in attendance. Executive Director Tony Parrott will share MSD's blueprint for the "Utility of the Future".

    September 13, 2012
    MSD Director Attending Water Management Conference at White House
    MSD Executive Director Tony Parrott has been invited by the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to share creative stormwater management practices during a conference at the White House on September 20, 2012. Read more...

    August 21, 2012
    Director Discusses Lower Mill Creek Partial Remedy on Local 12 Newsmakers
    MSD Executive Director Tony Parrott appeared on Local 12 Newsmakers with Dan Hurley Sunday, August 19, 2012. They discussed the potential solutions to address Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) in the Mill Creek.

    August 18, 2012
    Recap from MSD Community Town Hall Meetings
    MSD is seeking citizen input on solutions to reduce sewer overflows. Join MSD August 23 for the second of two Community Town Hall Meetings to discuss the Lower Mill Creek Partial Remedy. Recap of August 16 meeting.

    August 13, 2012
    Laying the Foundation for Project Rebuild
    An introduction to the Student Intern Academy where area high school students have opportunities to gain work experience during the summer in a range of professional and technical fields.

    August 10, 2012
    Student Intern Academy Graduation
    At graduation ceremonies for the Sixth Annual Student Intern Academy, 47 high school students from area high schools received recognition for completing an 8-week internship. (Video provided by WCPO-TV Channel 9, Cincinnati).

    August 1, 2012
    Public Hearings
    September 26, 2012: Hearing regarding South Road Local Sewer project.
    October 31, 2012
    : Hearing regarding Rapid Run Local Sewer project.

    July 23, 2012
    Utility Leaders Recognize MSD Program
    MSD Director Tony Parrott provided utility leaders with an inside look at MSD's innovative Consent Decree Program.
    Read more...

    July 13, 2012
    City of Cincinnati Boosting Job Opportunities for Local Residents
    The City of Cincinnati's water, sewer and stormwater departments are teaming up to create more job opportunities for low income residents in Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Read more...

    June 6, 2012
    Director Discusses MSD Programs on Television Broadcast with Lincoln Ware
    In this new video from Cincinnati Issues with Lincoln Ware, MSD Executive Directory Tony Parrott explores MSD's workforce development efforts. In a previous appearance on the program, Mr. Parrott discussed Project Groundwork's impact on the local economy (Video segments courtesy Star 64).

    May 25, 2012
    US EPA Visit Brings Spotlight to MSD Sustainable Infrastructure Efforts
    MSD's Lower Mill Creek combined sewer system and local rain garden among the highlights of May 24 visit by US EPA Acting Assistant Administrator for Water, Nancy Stoner.

    April 2, 2012
    MSD-UC Team Awarded EPA Grant to Turn Sewer Grease into Biodiesel
    The US EPA has awarded an $87,000 grant to a team of faculty, students, and staff from the University of Cincinnati and MSD to turn sewer grease into biodiesel.

    March 21, 2012
    Public Hearing - Batavia Road Local Sewer project
    June 27, 2012: Hearing regarding Batavia Road Local Sewer project.

    March 19, 2012
    Sewer Officials Lobby Federal Policymakers for Flexibility and Rate Relief
    Leaders from the Hamilton County Commission and the MSD are teaming up with community leaders from around the United States to fight for policy flexibility and prioritized spending for federally mandated Consent Decrees. Learn more...

    December 21, 2011
    Annual Stakeholder Meeting
    MSD hosted the annual Stakeholder Breakfast on October 25, 2011. Local dignitaries and other interested parties were in attendance. Executive Director Tony Parrott discussed how MSD is Expanding Our Horizons.

    December 21, 2011
    South Fairmount Plans in the News
    MSD's proposals to address Mill Creek Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) issues were the subject of a recent report on Local 12.

    December 19, 2011
    2012 National Environmental Achievement Award
    NACWA has selected MSD to receive a 2012 National Environmental Achievement Award in the Public Information & Education - Educational Program category for the Lick Run Public Information & Education Project. View the award letter.

    December 7, 2011
    Public Hearing - Proposed Capital Improvement Program, Operating Budget, and Rates
    December 7, 2011: Hearing regarding MSD's Proposed Capital Improvement Program, Operating Budget, and Rates.

    November 30, 2011
    Cancellation of Public Hearing
    November 30, 2011: The hearing for Sanitary Sewer Project No. 5958, Project ID 10330030, South Road Local Sewer (HNs 2431-2549) has been cancelled. The public hearing will be rescheduled at a later date.

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    Rain Barrel Sale
    Want to help keep stormwater out of sewers? Buy an MSD rain barrel.

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    Ohio EPA Notices
    Ohio EPA has issued notices concerning several projects.

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    Ohio EPA Notices
    Ohio EPA has issued notices concerning the Wesselman, the Sagebrush, Susanna & Yellowstone, the plant blower upgrade, and the pump station improvement projects.

    November 4, 2011
    Annual Stakeholder Meeting
    MSD hosted the annual Stakeholder Breakfast on October 25, 2011. Local dignitaries and other interested parties were in attendance. Executive Director Tony Parrott discussed how MSD is Expanding Our Horizons.

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