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Dec 13, 2015


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Steve Gardner

You can count Willmar as another leader in phosphorous reduction, having built an 84 million dollar wastewater treatment plant in 2008. As I recall, the need to meet the new phosphorous standards added millions to the cost of the WWTP. A concern at the time was that Willmar could lay out the dollars to meet the standards, but if MPCA tightened the standards even further, what would it cost to retrofit a brand new plant? Nonetheless, Willmar went ahead and met its obligations under the law, and provided treatment capacity for the equivalent of a city of 50,000 people. That's at a time when the Willmar Council was still capable of looking forward. Presumably, we are getting back to that type of foresight in our community.

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