A major improvement program to the City’s sanitary sewer system is underway in western Independence. Federal clean water laws determine how sewer systems operate. These laws have become stricter to protect our environment. Many cities are in the process of improving their sewer system. Independence has agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency that is requiring specific improvements. The sewer treatment plant will have equipment replaced and capacity added. The sewer pipeline system will have new pipes to add capacity. These improvements will benefit our residents by having a better sewer system and protecting our environment from possible sewer overflows. The construction of the sewer pipeline improvements through neighborhoods will take place over the next two to three years.