Bismarck, N.D., is taking out a $20 million loan to upgrade the capacity of the city’s wastewater treatment plant.
City commissioners recently approved the two-year project. Utility operations director Keith Demke told The Bismarck Tribune that construction should begin later this fall.
Construction bids were awarded to PKG, Central Mechanical and Edling Electric. The city also entered an engineering services agreement with SHE.
The $20 million will come from the state’s Clean Water Fund, a revolving loan fund. The loan will be paid back over a span of 20 years with 3 percent interest.
This is the city’s largest upgrade since 1985.
Currently, the plant treats 7.5 million gallons of waste a day. After the upgrade, the capabilities should increase to 9.5 million gallons a day. There will also be an odor-control facility to capture air which has gasses taken from the wastewater. A new primary clarifier will be installed, and an emergency generator will be added.