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Published January 25, 2011, 10:18 PM

GF and EGF Look at Combining Waste Water Treatment

A proposed waste water treatment project could save people in East Grand Forks money as well as bring in money to Grand Forks by connecting the two cities' waste water treatment.

A proposed waste water treatment project could save people in East Grand Forks money as well as bring in money to Grand Forks by connecting the two cities' waste water treatment.

By doing this, it would save people in East Grand Forks $2 a month on their waste water bill.

The project would have their waste water sent to Grand Forks.

By doing so, East Grand Forks would pay for excess space at Grand Forks' waste water treatment plant for about $450,000 a year.

The idea was brought about in 2006 when East Grand Forks was looking at updating its facility, which would cost the city about $11 million.

Interconnecting would cost about $3 million.

"At some point the city of East Grand Forks needs to do this project. Whether it's the interconnect to Grand Forks or upgrading our ponds," said Greg Boppre, East Grand Forks' City Engineer.

If this were to happen, it would relieve people in Grand Forks of paying for that excess space.

Grand Forks City Council will likely vote on it in February. If everything is approved, construction could start in august of 2012.

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