OLIVER SPRINGS, Tenn. — The town of Oliver Springs, Tenn. could be forced to pay fines from state environmental regulators unless they make upgrades to its wastewater treatment plant, according to WATE ABC News.

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation issued the order after giving the city several permit violations over the past few years pertaining to overflows and e. Coli violations, stated the article.

Oliver Springs Mayor Chris Helper is aware that the plant needs improvements, having spent $250,000 from its reserve fund in the past fiscal year, noted the article.

If more improvements are not made soon the city could be facing a civil penalty of $175,000.

"We will continue to make upgrades at our plant to satisfy the concerns of state regulators in addition to improvements that will enhance operations and efficiency for years to come," said Helper.

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