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Sewer Dept Celebrates 75 Years

Sid Fedrickson, Wastewater Utility Superintendent, examines the filtered water at the Coeur d’Alene Wastewater Treatment Plant. The Wastewater Treatment Plant opened on Aug. 1, 1939, and will celebrate it’s 75th anniversary this Friday. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Tess Freeman)

Coeur d'Alene's Wastewater Utility Department is celebrating its 75th anniversary Friday with a free hot dog and hamburger lunch. Wastewater Superintendent Sid Fredrickson said attendees can decide themselves whether to tour the Wastewater Treatment Plant before or after they eat. An open house is set for 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, with hourly tours for ages 10 and older and a presentation on “What Happens After the Flush.” Fun, games and crafts for kids are also planned. “I promise we won't have bobbing for Baby Ruth candy bars,” Fredrickson said. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. When the city's Wastewater Treatment Plant was built in 1939, Coeur d'Alene had a population of 10,000. Many homes were still on septic then, Fredrickson said/Taryn Thompson, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

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