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Ins and outs of wastewater treatment

COEUR d'ALENE - Judicial confirmation, election, back to judicial confirmation, and deadlines looming all the while.

With wastewater treatment issues in the news recently - and how the city plans to pay for them - the city public information officer caught up with Wastewater Superintendent Sid Fredrickson to go over the ins and outs of the $33.5 million in upgrades the facility in the education corridor will undergo.

The project will happen, and after some back and forth, the city secured funding through a judge's ruling that said the project is ordinary and necessary and voter approval isn't required to take on debt to pay for it.

What will the $33.5 million fund?

A new filtration system that will reduce the level of phosphorus that is discharged into the Spokane River.

Why do you need to reduce phosphorous levels?

The Environmental Protection Agency says there is a high level of phosphorus in the Spokane River. As a result, it is requiring all dischargers along the river to reduce phosphorus going into the river. Dischargers must implement a third level (tertiary) of advanced wastewater treatment to filter out the phosphorus. Full story. CdA Press

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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.