QUINCY, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Massachusetts U.S. Attorney's Office says the City of Quincy needs to clean up its act. On Wednesday, the city agreed to fork over millions of dollars to make it happen.
The settlement, which is expected to cost more $100 million when all is said and done, will require Quincy to fix its sewer system to stop raw sewage from being released into Boston Harbor and Quincy Bay.
The consent decree comes after a March 2019 Justice Department lawsuit against the city, which accused Quincy of uncontrolled sewage leaks into nearby bodies of water, including public beaches.
Those kind of leaks can lead to public health problems for residents like illnesses and beach closings.
Quincy will need to investigate and update its sewer system, and complete the work by 2034. The city will also be required to warn beachgoers of possible sewage leaks and remove those leaks as soon as possible.
WBZ's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports: