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HOLDINGFORD — Holdingford’s water system is expected to be ready for the future after completion of about $4.5 million in water and street improvements.
City Engineer Scott Lange said there are three aspects to the work. Much of the processing equipment in the city’s wastewater treatment plant will be replaced, water and sewer mains on all city streets north of Washington Street and east of the Two Rivers river, except county roads and North High Court, will be replaced. New water meters will be installed to ensure accurate meter readings and billing, Lange said, and affected streets will be resurfaced when the work is done.
The city’s wastewater treatment plant was built in the early 1990s. The city’s water and sewer lines are more than 50 years old with some inching toward the 75-year mark, he said.
“The equipment is just worn out and needs to be replaced,” Lange said. “It’s a nice project. From a water quality perspective, (residents) will notice a difference.”
There also will be better water connections for firefighters and improved flow throughout the city, he said.
Replacement of the water and sewer mains started at the end of May. Improvements to the wastewater treatment plant will begin midsummer and the plan is for the new water meters to be in place this fall.
The goal is for contractors to complete all work near October or November, Lange said. A public meeting is slated for 6 p.m. Wednesday at Holdingford City Hall to provide the community with project updates.
Public meetings will be at 6 p.m. every Wednesday throughout the duration of the project.
The USDA Rural Development program is funding the project with a $3,873,000 loan and a $578,000 stimulus grant
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