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La Salle’s new wastewater treatment plant just about ready

Posted by wlpo on October 19, 2011

Nestled along rolling hills, the Little Vermilion River and timber, the view from the new La Salle east side wastewater plant is picturesque.  Just clean water has been running through the plant’s tanks while the different processes are tested.

Two years ago it was empty land in what used to be a quarry.  Superintendent of Public Works Sam McNeilly is proud of the plant he says is using cutting edge technology.

McNeilly says the plant was designed with growth in mind: it can handle more waste and could be expanded if La Salle were to gain a business that has large water consumption.

The plant is also considered green, in that it’s designed to run with fewer workers and leave behind fewer solids, something McNeilly says will also keep down expenses.  Some of the mechanisms are able to use solar power.

They want to have the plant processing waste by the end of October.  The $15 million project is being paid for with money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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