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City Approves $30.4M Bond For Sewage Improvements

A birds' eye view of the Dillman Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Around $25 million will be put toward improvements at the Dillman Road Wastewater Treatment Plant. (Courtesy: Google Maps)

The Bloomington city council approved a large bond for two sewage improvement projects during Wednesday night’s meeting.

About $25 million will be used to boost infrastructure at the Dillman Wastewater Treatment Plant, and another $11 million will enhance the stormwater pipes that carry the Jordan River through downtown.

City director of utilities Vic Kelson said the bond will not raise rates for taxpayers.

“In 2019, this was funded already by the council as part of our sewer rate increase, so the project will have no impact on sewer rates," Kelson said.

Kelson said the tunnel that the river flows through is almost 100 years old and is in poor condition. He also said the Dillman plant needs major upgrades in order to increase its water capacity, while becoming more energy efficient at the same time.

"This project has an important environmental component in the new systems are much more efficient and they have highly improved controls that will help to reduce the amount of electricity we use," Kelson said. 

The bond is worth $30.4 million and Kelson said the utilities department has an additional $8 million on hand to fund both projects. 

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