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Twin Falls Moves Forward With Wastewater Treatment Upgrades

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By Brandon Redmond

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV) Thirty eight million dollars is the estimated cost for the proposed upgrades to the Twin Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant. Monday night the city council voted to approve a contract to begin the design and bidding for this major project. The Wastewater Treatment Plant is at capacity. That is limiting the potential for future growth.

"We still have some opportunities for economic growth and development but those days are very limited. And so what we want to do is make sure we have the ability to continue to grow," said Travis Rothweiler, Twin Falls City Manager.

But the city began moving forward with a major project to upgrade the aging system.

"So as we start the conversation with the citizens committee at the first of the year all the way through the bond election, the wastewater treatment plant is at a place of capacity. Today we have allocated the total maximum flows so therefore we can't accept any new significant industrial, commercial or residential expansion projects that we haven't already committed the projects to," said Rothweiler.

At Monday night’s city council meeting, the council approved a contract with CH2M Hill Engineers out of Boise. That’s the company that currently manages the wastewater treatment plant. The contract for just over three million dollars is to design and bid the upgrade project.

"At this point in time we are bringing before the council a design contract with ****. They will begin the design process that will take 12-18 months. After that we will begin procurement packages and construction packages,” said Troy Vitek, Assistant City Engineer.


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