The West Rankin Utility Authority sued the city of Jackson in Rankin County Circuit Court on April 14. West Rankin asks the court to return to it "all amounts paid by the Authority to the City associated with the Sludge Project" and cites "years of mismanagement at the Savanna Plant" as a basis for the request.
West Rankin argues that the two parties agreed in 2002 that West Rankin would pay Jackson to treat its wastewater (Agreement is Exhibit A in the documents posted below.). However, West Rankin claims that it is not supposed to pay for
the city's years of sludge mismanagement which directly resulted from the city's failure to repair severe breaks, cracks, and holes in the City's wastewater collection system.West Rankin also argued that at times the influx of storm water casued the amount of wastewater and sludge "delivered to the Savanna Plant to
at times exceed 163 million gallons per day, which greatly exceeds the Plant's average daily treatment capacity which is 46 million gallons of wastewater per day.
West Rankin stated that the holding capacity of the storm cells at Savanna decreased by 70% because of sludge accumulation in the system and the city's failure to address these problems. It says the "continued mismanagement" was the subject of a consent decree between the city and EPA.
The complaint accuses the city of charging some of the costs to implement the consent decree against West Rankin. It argues that West Rankin is responsible for paying for the treatment of its wastewater, not paying for costs associated with Jackson's alleged negligence in maintaining its system.
West Rankin also asks the court to decree that Jackson can not recover any costs associated with the consent decree against West Rankin as its wastewater directly enters into the Savanna plant and avoids the storm cells.