Manhattan Celebrates Wastewater Project Completion

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An open house event was held Saturday morning to celebrate the completion of a $23 million expansion and upgrade project at Manhattan’s wastewater treatment plant.

The project which began in January of 2010 will increase plant capacity, meet flows associated with projected population growth, and conform to new nutrient removal requirements.

"Well I think what it’s doing is it’s given us that capability up front for growth," said Mayor John Matta. "So now we’re set to expand, you know, we’re paying for it now. We put it in, we got the loan, it’s built into the rates, we have the capacity. So we’re set for the future."

The new design will upgrade the flow capacity at the plant from 8.7 million gallons per day to 11 million gallons per day.