The Ohio River has been higher than average since February, and the Metropolitan Sewer District is starting to pay the price for holding the water back.
But Executive Director Bud Schardein says the prevention of flooding has been worth the extra labor and energy costs. “It’s all been what I consider a success,” he says “but it comes at a price, we don’t have energy or fuel costs calculated yet, it’s too soon for that, but we’re running an approximate total on personnel hours and we can dedicate probably 300,000 or 350,000 over regular hours.”
Schardein says the cost could have been much higher had some of the pumps failed. While not necessarily a regularly used utility, he says the flood protection system’s dependability is extremely important.