The City of Chattanooga claims that the Walker County Water and Sewerage Authority owes more than $25 million in unpaid bills and fines. They want to cut off sewer treatment for the authority, which maintains that the amount owed for sewage treatment in Chattanooga is less than $300,000.
Chattanooga claims the Walker County Authority didn’t pay the full amount of 22 bills from 2017 through 2019. The Sewer collection in Northern Walker is piped to Chattanooga for treatment.
A Sept. 16th letter from an attorney representing Chattanooga says the authority owes $1.9 million in unpaid bills, as well as more than $23 million for breaching the contract between the two entities.
On Nov. 19, the sewer authority’s attorneys filed a legal response challenging a number of actions and charges by Chattanooga over the years and saying the sewer authority is, in fact, owed $279,500.
Earlier this year, the Walker County Board of Commissioners voted to spend $5 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds for a water and sewer improvement plan with the goal of redirecting sewage from the north end of the county to the sewer treatment plant in Chickamauga, rather than Chattanooga.