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Sewer treatment plant gets celebration

Coeur d’Alene will celebrate the opening of its $12 million sewage treatment expansion today – a project to not only upgrade the system but blend it in with the ritziest waterfront real estate in the city.

Wastewater employees started up the new headworks Nov. 8 without any problems.

The expansion will increase the plant’s capacity by 6 million gallons a day.

The city now can treat 19.5 million gallons of sewage a day.

Coeur d’Alene needs the extra capacity to handle new residents as well as emergencies such as heavy rainfall that can flood the system.

The new structures were designed to fit in with the neighbors along the Spokane River, including North Idaho College and the University of Idaho-Coeur d’Alene.

The structures look like college buildings with V-shaped windows, artsy roof lines and metal siding in warm green and tan.

For more information, call (208) 769-2204.