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Wastewater Facilities Plan Released By City Of Twin Falls
Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - Saying the first phase should be to double the capacity of the treatment plant, the city of Twin Falls released the recommendations today for changes to the waste water treatment plant. The city said the plan is the most cost effective solution that will deal with infrastructure shortfalls. Through a news release the city officials say the problems threaten to curb residential, commercial and industrial growth.
According to the news release, The recommendations in the facilities plan outline a multiphase approach to upgrading the City’s waste-water treatment capabilities to accommodate near-term growth and ensure that the City does not face similar shortfalls over the long-term.
The first phase of the facilities plan proposes to nearly double the capacity of the waste water treatment plant within the first two years by constructing a more efficient treatment system known as Integrated Fixed film Activated Sludge.
“This recommendation will allow for sustainable growth and equip our community with one of the most modern and environmentally friendly treatment methods,” said Travis Rothweiler, Manager of the City of Twin Falls. “This is important for future generations by encouraging growth and prosperity, while also protecting our natural re-sources.”
To develop the facilities plan, City engineers worked with CH2MHill, which operates the waste water treatment plant, to identify long-term solutions to waste water infrastructure shortfalls. Engineers from both organizations evaluated several possible solutions, later identifying the IFAS system as being the most cost friendly for the City of Twin Falls.
The next step in the process will be for the committee to decide if it will adopt the recommendations. If the committee approves the recommendations, it will need to identify financing options to pay for the upgrades. The estimated cost of the plan is $32.3 million, which would likely constitute a 30 percent increase for all users—both residential and industrial. That would mean an increase of between $6.50 and $7.50 per month per residential user.