Cincinnati, Ohio - On Tuesday, Communities United For Action (CUFA) carolers echoed through the lobby of the Hamilton County Commissioners office, bringing holiday cheer and calling attention to residents still struggling to deal with sewer backups and overflows.
Community Group Calls for Increased Regulator Oversight of the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD)
Cincinnati, Ohio – Frustrated by fighting over the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) between the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Communities United For Action (CUFA) turned to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) for help with sewer issues.
CUFA Board Member Erica Johnson opened the November 9 meeting, “We’ve convened this public forum because our neighborhoods are being left behind in the plans to fix the sewers. We are more than a billion dollars into this project and not only are people struggling financially, they are struggling with damage to their homes and lives.” CUFA highlighted sewer issues in Bond Hill, Muddy Creek, Covedale, and the Ludlow Run Watershed area of Northside.
EVENDALE, Ohio - Yesterday, Communities United For Action (CUFA) members asked the Board of Hamilton County Commissioners to move forward on key points of our "People's Sewer Justice Platform." The Commissioners vowed to take action on:
- Expansion of the Customer Assistance Program to help more people afford sewer bills;
- Restructuring sewer rates to be fair for everyone; and
- Ending the requirement to report sewer backups within 24 hours to be eligible for damage compensation.
Residents from Springlawn Avenue in Northside attended the meeting to ask for a resolution to sewage overflows in their backyards.
CINCINNATI - Starting today, seniors may qualify for a 25% discount on the sewer portion of their bill. This is a huge CUFA victory, a milestone marking our first Customer Assistance Program in Hamilton County. We are celebrating August 12 from 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM!
CINCINNATI - After years of delayed sewer fixes caused by infighting between the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County over the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) ordered the City and County to move forward with plans they agreed to a decade ago.
DATE: April 23, 2018
Statement of Wanda Ball, on behalf of Communities United For Action (CUFA)
Cincinnati, Ohio - In response to the Hamilton County Commissioners passage of the proposed senior Customer Assistance Program for sewer bills Tuesday, Communities United For Action member Wanda Ball said:
“Communities United For Action and the public provided recommendations for improving the senior Customer Assistance Program at the February 19, 2019 public hearing. Two months later, they finally passed a program making only one improvement- raising the discount from 20% to 25%. Commissioners vowed to expand the program, and it is our hope that expanded programs won’t be delayed like this one. People need help with sewer bills now.”
Communities United For Action won a new dashboard about how the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSD) spends our ratepayer dollars to fix the sewers. You can see MSD's "progress on Project Groundwork" site here and link directly to the dashboard here.
Communities United For Action (CUFA) is sending a delegation to Washington, D.C. to attend the People’s Action (PA) national conference on April 28-30, 2019. PA helps grassroots leaders meet with national decision-makers in order to improve our community. We will also meet and learn from other grassroots leaders from around the country. Learn more about how you can sponsor our team.
CINCINNATI, OHIO - After a state audit was released, WKRC reports civil and potentially criminal investigations into the Metropolitan Sewer District's (MSD) handling of ratepayer money. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said, "50 years ago, they tried to cut a deal where the City ran [MSD] and the County paid for it. And it was being used almost like a cookie jar for the City of Cincinnati." See WKRC's report here.
CUFA victory: We won notifications in every water & sewer bill about the Sewer Backup Response program! We've interviewed countless people who never knew the program existed, so they didn't get help with multiple sewer backups.