Town gets money for treatment plant

By Jessica Keller, The Courier-Herald

The town of South Prairie is a little closer to upgrading its sewer treatment plant.

The town was recently notified Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn has secured $99,000 for South Prairie to upgrade its wastewater treatment plan as Congress approved the final version of its spending bill.

South Prairie Mayor Layne Ross said the money will allow the city to update the sewer treatment plant and bring it into compliance with rules set by the state Department of Ecology. He said the treatment plant is currently out of compliance with its influent levels.

As soon as the town receives the money, the first step will be to hire engineers to find out what needs to be done to bring the treatment plant into compliance. Ross isn't sure when the money will arrive, but he's hoping by July.

Ross said there was a moratorium placed on sewer connections in South Prairie almost immediately after the plant was completed because a boom in housing soon exceeded the plant's capacity.

"It was hardly built before it was too small," he said.

Ross said ultimately the town is looking to increase the capacity of its treatment plant, and get more connections set up to the sewer system to allow the area to grow.

" But that's not where we're at, we're just trying to get into compliance right now," he said.

Jessica Keller can be reached at

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