Minnesota's Governor Checks Out Detroit Lakes' New Wastewater Treatment Plant
Carol McCarthy | Oct 29, 2019 AT 2:40 pm
DETROIT LAKES, MN—Minnesota Governor Tim Walz made a brief stop in Detroit Lakes Tuesday morning to tour the new 30-million-dollar wastewater treatment plant. The plant features the most cutting edge technology in wastewater treatment according to Detroit Lakes’ Public Utilities Superintendent Vernell Roberts. Walz says “Investing in our state’s water quality future isn’t a choice. It’s an imperative.”
17-million-dollars of the project is funded by the state through grants and low interest loans, the rest is paid for by residents of Detroit Lakes through property taxes. The city’s old plant was deemed out of compliance by the MPCA after some of the most stringent water quality standards in the state were put in place.
Governor Walz is in the midst of a statewide tour of bonding projects and was also headed to East Grand Forks to talk to and hear from northwestern Minnesota farmers about the fall flooding.