Evansville, Ind., takes back control of its water and sewer utility and focuses on system improvements.

In life, they say money can't buy happiness. When it comes to infrastructure, money can't solve everything either. A successful collections system needs care, attention, and a long-term commitment to maintenance.

Just ask Evansville, Ind. Faced with massive overflow issues that date back more than 50 years, the city has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to rectify the situation. But until the Evansville Water and Sewer Utility (EWSU) took back management control from a private contractor and implemented what utilities director Mike Labitzke calls a "team approach" to caring for the system, results were marginal at best.

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Video shot by Curtis Hustace.