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Lawsuit filed over Everglades City wastewater

Posted at 2:49 PM, Mar 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-11 14:49:09-05

EVERGLADES CITY, Fla. -- The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is filing a lawsuit against Everglades City over its sewage, and Collier County taxpayers could be footing the bill.

The suit claims the city has been running its wastewater treatment plant without a permit since July 5th.  That violation alone carries a fine of up to $10,000 a day. 

The city has also reportedly failed to make 12 of the 24 necessary repairs to the plant to settle a lawsuit filed back in 2013.

Over the next few weeks, utility officials will figure out how much the work would cost taxpayers if the county steps in.