How We Got Here

From the city’s founding in 1836 to now, Shreveport’s sewer system has evolved from clay pipelines discharging untreated sewage into area waterways to an 1,100-mile system of PVC and concrete pipes. These pipes, along with 120 pump (lift) stations, move untreated sewage through our city to two treatment facilities for processing. The resulting water which has had contaminates removed, is then discharged into the Red River.

Over the years, leaking, crumbling and undersized pipes, which are part of our aging infrastructure, have caused sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs). These issues may leak untreated sewage into and onto the ground or into our waterways.

Pipes may leak or break due to corrosion from sewer gases, cracking or breaking from shifting soil, or even stress from blockages within the pipe. Unfortunately, these leaks have impacted our community as well as the environment.

To replace entire portions of the system is very costly, so like many cities, Shreveport has spent much of its available funds on repairs and maintenance.

Rehabilitation or replacement of defective pipelines along with upgrading capacities of pipelines, lift stations and treatment plants is necessary to eliminate SSO's. The cost of those infrastructure improvements exceeds the available funds for routine maintenance and repairs.