Wastewater plant needs a $1.4 to $2.1 million upgrade

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By Reed Anfinson
Swift County Monitor-News

Benson’s Wastewater Treatment Facility needs $1.4 to $2.1 million in upgrades or it is in serious risk of failure.

The two effluent filters at the plant need replacement, an issue that has been pending for some time, according to Stantec Consulting Services, Inc., of Minneapolis. The company provides the city with engineering services on a wide range of municipal infrastructure projects.

“The filters are 37 years old and have required multiple repairs,” a letter from Stantec to the city says. “Now the staff worries that the filters will fail with little warning due to their age and current condition.” Failure of the filters would seriously jeopardize the ability of the plant to meet discharge limits on treated water entering the Chippewa River, Stantec told the city the letter dated June 12.

At Monday night’s city council meeting, City Manager Rob Wolfington said that it is hazardous for employees to repeatedly enter the area where the filters are housed and make repairs. Further, the last set of repairs on the filters is the last one that can be done because of the worn out condition of the metal.

For a fee of $27,700, Stantec proposes to do a study looking at new filter options, layouts within the facility, and cost estimates...

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