Narragansett Bay Commission approves $815 million project

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Narragansett Bay Commission has voted to move ahead with an $815 million project that will become the third phase of a decades-long plan to contain and treat contaminated storm water that inundates century-old sewer systems throughout Rhode Island.

The Providence Journal reports the commission has already spent $360 million on phase one and another $187 million on phase two.

Those will capture about 60 percent of the bacteria-laden storm water that passes through the systems.

The third phase is the largest portion of the plan, bringing the total cost of the work to $1.4 billion. It should take care of nearly all the remaining tainted water.

Ray Marshall, executive director of the commission, says the process has balanced affordability and water quality improvements.

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