Detroit Lakes Breaks Ground on New Wastewater Treatment Facility

Detroit Lakes Breaks Ground on New Wastewater Treatment Facility Click to Enlarge

DETROIT LAKES, MN—The most expensive city project in the history of Detroit Lakes broke ground Monday officially beginning its construction.

The city’s $34 Million wastewater treatment facility project began because of strict phosphorus output regulations imposed by the State and the project took on another life as Detroit Lakes Public Utilities Superintendent Vernell Roberts explained Detroit Lakes’ new facility will be the first in the state to utilize some groundbreaking technology in the world of municipal wastewater treatment.

The process to build the new facility has taken well over six years to get to yesterday’s groundbreaking.

Detroit Lakes worked with the State and the Legislature to provide some funding for the new facility. It took two legislative sessions, a visit from the governor and finally at the end of the special session in 2017 the city received 17 million 40-thousand dollars in grant money toward the 34.3-million dollar project, the rest of the project will be paid for through increases in Detroit Lakes residents' water bills. The city brought in the engineering firm S-E-H as consultants for the project which is expected to be completed May 8th of 2020.

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