Upgrades to wastewater treatment system could cost Auburn $2.25 million

After failing to get state support, the city of Auburn may bond for $2,250,000 to upgrade the disinfection process of its wastewater treatment plant and to map the city’s sewer system.

Seth Jensen, Auburn’s director of municipal utilities, gave city councilors the lay of the wastewater land Thursday night and explained where those funds are needed.

About $2 million of the proposed amount would go toward upgrading a 24-year-old UV system, the last part of the treatment process that helps disinfect the effluent. Currently the city spends about $40,000 a year fixing the system, Jensen said, and it can’t even handle the design’s maximum capacity of 24.5 million gallons per day.

The system caps out about 19 million gallons per day, which concerns Jensen considering the heavier storm and flow events the region experienced this past summer.

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