The New Era - All about Sweet Home since 1929

Will decades-old plant get new treatment at last?

 

May 18, 2022

Scott Swanson

Sweet Home's wastewater plant, located on the north bank of the South Santiam River off Pleasant Valley Road, is scheduled for replacement due to its age and liabilities.

City officials are watching costs skyrocket as they plan for a new wastewater treatment plant that, they say, is decades overdue.

But how needful, really, is a new plant in the first place?

Essentially, they say, Sweet Home's plant is far too old, too small and too trouble-prone to continue to serve a city that's growing in population.

Plus, although government environmental agencies have already cut it slack in regard to the nearly annual spillage of untreated sewage into the South Santiam River during heavy rainfall, the day of grace will not last forever.

City Public Works Director Gr...



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