Not Omaha, but Sarpy County has their own sewer issue to deal with if they want to continue growing south.http://www.ketv.com/article/unicorn-frappuccino-review/9528145
State senators advanced a bill Thursday many hope will improve a plumbing problem in Sarpy County. Some say without a proposed sewer project, development in the fastest-growing county in the state will come to a halt.
The county's sewer system is divided by a ridgeline. Everything north of that line flows to the Missouri River and works just fine. However, it's south of the line that has problems.
About 65 percent of the land in Sarpy County falls south of the ridgeline. It's ripe for growth, but sitting idle thanks to the sewer system, or lack there of.
"With the ridgeline where it is currently, everything to the south will be flowing to the Platte River and there are no waste water treatment plants along that side," said Dennis Wilson, Sarpy County engineer.
Leaders are hopeful a new sewer system will spur development, creating more than 18,000 jobs and generating more than $100 million in tax revenue for the state, Sarpy County and the cities in the county.
"Without having that sewer infrastructure in place, it's really the road block to be able to do that development," Albers said.
"This is well past due," Wilson said.
Crawford's bill still has to pass two more rounds of votes before it goes to the governor's desk.
If approved, Wilson said, construction on the sewer system could start in 2-3 years.
City leaders say the sewer project is projected to cost $220 million. Albers said the cities and county would look to developers and user fees to pay for the project. A tax levy could cover any additional shortfalls.