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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

City sewer rates could rise to pay for new plant or renovation of current plant

The possibility of significant renovation or even a new wastewater treatment plant for the City of Prescott was discussed during the most recent meeting of the City Council at its most recent meeting held back on June 13.

The council had tabled a discussion on sewer rates as the city pursues an industrial user agreement with the Bergquist Henkel Company. New state requirements for phosphorus control in wastewater could require major upgrades to the existing plant or perhaps even force a new one built to meet such new standards. There was discussion about setting monies aside to save up for such changes to wastewater system. The council came to a consensus not to change rates at the present time and bring the matter up again when the city budget is put together.

Speaking of the wastewater treatment plant, it was reported to the council the city will be spending some $17,975 to replace two RAS pumps reported in need of replacement. Two other pumps at the plant need repairs totaling some $7.940. The monies will come from the sewer reserve and the Waste Water Treatment Plant Equipment Replacement Fund (WWTPERF).

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