A final settlement has been reached in the class-action lawsuit against the city of Hannibal and the Board of Public Works.

A group of Hannibal citizens had filed the suit in 2016, alleging that BPW had been negligent in supplying water unfit for human use, seeking punitive and compensatory damages for customers using water from BPW between 2011 and 2016.

The settlement calls for the city to commit at least $5-million dollars to improve its water treatment system, along with setting up a settlement fund for ratepayers who file claims for medical testing expenses.

BPW has begun the process of changing from chloramines to carbon filtration to treat its drinking water.

For more information on who is eligible for compensation, go to Hannibalwaterlawsuitsettlement.com.