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Evansdale gets extension to fix wastewater issues

EVANSDALE, Iowa (KWWL) -- The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has given the City of Evansdale an extension to find a way to lower the amount of nitrogen and phosphorous in the wastewater.

Evansdale Mayor Troy Beatty says the new extension grants a deadline of November 1st, 2020 for a progress report on the city's final strategy. That's a six month extension from what it had previously been.

Evansdale is considering connecting it's plant and sewer lines to that of Waterloo. Mayor Beatty says the concept of regionalizing has been talked about with other communities across the state.

Also, the Iowa DNR says Evansdale now has until 2023 to find a solution, whether that be connecting to Waterloo or upgrading its current facility.

Connecting the city's wastewater lines to Waterloo would essentially make them a customer of Waterloo.

"I think if we start this process to come on board with Waterloo, as a customer first, we're building that infrastructure for possibly 15 to 20 years down the road if this area does regionalize," Mayor Beatty said.

The mayor said his talks with Waterloo city leaders about the idea have been positive.

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Taylor Vessel

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