Mayor Bowling says he will not allow the sewage to remain on city streets and an urgent plan is needed.
Decatur Utilities reported 20 million gallons of overflow has spilled out of manholes just this month. Bowling held a press conference Wednesday addressing his concerns.
He said the city needs council members to consider a change.
Decatur Utilities was not invited to the news conference.
Bowling said it’s a historic period of growth in North Alabama. He said a ten-year plan evaluation is currently underway. It was plan put in place in 2013 and was approved by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.
Right now, he said there are hundreds of sewer lines that need to be replaced or fixed. He said last year only about 4 or 5 were replaced.
Bowling also clarified the office of the mayor manages the city of Decatur not Decatur Utilities.
"Do the math, we can't tolerate that, and our residents should be expected to tolerate that," Bowling said.