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Determining the Future of Local Wastewater

Post Date:11/22/2017 8:41 AM

PRESS RELEASE

11/21/2017 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

City of Sandpoint to Determine the Future of Local Wastewater

Planning process to upgrade the treatment plant’s aging infrastructure and meet DEQ permit requirements is underway 

The City of Sandpoint has started the process to evaluate its wastewater treatment plant and plan for its future. The plan process includes evaluating new wastewater requirements along with community goals for wastewater quality, affordability and future planning to identify a community-appropriate solution for the aging infrastructure. The plan is scheduled to be complete by winter 2018.

Facility plans are completed approximately every ten to twenty years to identify existing and future opportunities and challenges, gain support and meet requirements from the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), aid with City planning, and help secure funding opportunities. The final plan will include treatment plant flows and load projections, wastewater discharge requirements and standards, an existing plant analysis, development and screenings of potential improvements, and a Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) with interim and long-term plant actions. The last plan was completed in 2007, and since then the plant has reached its effective capacity and useful life.

The project team includes engineers, environmentalists, and a public involvement specialist. This team will work with both a technical committee and a community advisory committee, consisting of key stakeholders and leaders in the community. The committees’ feedback will help shape the direction of the CIP.

The public may provide input by completing a project survey, www.surveymonkey.com/r/SandpointWastewater, before Tuesday, Nov. 28. Two public open houses will also be held to gather public feedback and share project updates: one after development of the alternative solutions, and another after development of the draft CIP. Dates for the open houses are not yet set, but the public may contact the project team with questions and feedback throughout the process by emailing or calling Gemma Puddy, gpuddy@langdongroupinc.com or 208-292-8515.

J-U-B Engineers has been retained by the city to create the facility plan and is working with The Langdon Group to facilitate the public involvement process.

 

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Media Contact:

Jennifer Stapleton

City of Sandpoint Administrator

208-265-1483

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