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MSD Overview

MSD was formed in 1946 to take over the operation and maintenance of Louisville's combined sanitary and storm sewer system and sanitary-only sewer system.  While wastewater treatment was added with the construction of the Morris Forman plant in the late 1950s, the basic mission remained the same through the 1970s.

Today, MSD is responsible for a much larger wastewater collection and treatment network, which continues to expand; a comprehensive public stormwater drainage system for most of Jefferson County; the operation and maintenance of the community's Ohio River flood protection system; the LOJIC computerized mapping and geographic information system; and several other programs — including stream monitoring and hazardous materials control — designed to protect and enhance the environment.

MSD is a non-profit regional utility service.  Its revenue comes from wastewater and stormwater service fees, plus charges for extending wastewater lines and connecting new customers.  MSD does not receive supplementary income from taxes nor from other local government agencies.

All of the agency's revenue is used for operation, maintenance and extension and improvement of services.

MSD is governed by an eight-member board. All members are appointed by the Louisville Metro Mayor, with the approval of the Metro Council. Members serve three-year terms and can be reappointed. The full Board meets twice a month; committees meet as needed. 

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Last Updated: July 06, 2012

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