Residents along U.S. Highway 101-Business in Jeffers Gardens/Miles Crossing no longer have to deal with raw sewage during high tide, now that a sewer system ten years in the works has opened.
Miles Crossing Sewer District's waste water will be accepted into Astoria's system for treatment.
The $8.3 million sewer system has taken the place of cesspools and septic systems, which worked poorly in the low-lying area with its high groundwater and poor soil conditions, and it has eliminated the need for "blue rooms," the euphemistic term for portable toilets used by many businesses in the area.
"It's great," said longtime sewer district board member Becky Hampton. "I can't wait to landscape my back yard. It was so wet, with nasty black water."
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