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Waterloo City Council Approves Bids for major sewer projects

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WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) - Big ticketed items amounting to over $6 million dollars on Waterloo City Council's agenda were approved unanimously.

The sewer system upgrades were for a new sewer system to avoid overflowing sewage in residential areas and a total renovation over 20 years for the water waste treatment plant.

 Strand Associates Inc. from Wisconsin were hired for a bid of nearly $1.5 million for oversight of the renovation for the water waste treatment plant.

This project was devised earlier in the year by Iowa DNR regulations totaling to a cost of $100 million over 20 years. The project would consist of nitrogen and phosphorous reduction flowing into the cedar river, and updating outdated equipment.

"This prepares us for tomorrow and beyond. This whole project will have cost savings with some of the processes being replaced because of outdated equipment," says Treatment Operation Supervisor Brian Bowman.

All these highly-priced upgrades are quite normal. Iowa DNR Senior Environmental Specialist Amber Sauser says many cities are doing the same thing.

"Cities do upgrade, and it's particularly to meet more stringent limits, to increase capacity or increase treatment effectiveness," says Sauser. "I am guessing that Waterloo is going to look at a number of those."

The other half of the $6 million bids was awarded to Boomerang Corp. from Anamosa, Iowa. Their bid was at $4.2 Million dollars for the Dry Run Creek Interceptor Sewer. This sewer system was mandated by a consent decree with the Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency.

This sewer system will run the south side of San Marnan Drive and Kimball Avenue to the Easton Avenue water treatment plant. This system helps with storm water overflow seen in the West Ninth St. area.

"This really lays the groundwork for future growth in the area, relieving any type of hydraulic overflow in the northern corridor, and really just puts the city in great position," says Bowman.

Bowman says the finish date with be mid-November of 2020. This project will be funded by bonds or state revolving loan funds.

Both of the projects will be paid off by sewer fees.

Vinny Lowerre

Producer & Multimedia Journalist

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