Saint Peter Residents Could See More Rate Increases on Utility Bills After Wastewater Project

Saint Peter Residents Could See More Rate Increases on Utility Bills After Wastewater Project

Image: Front page of the April 14, 2024 Nicollet County Ledger newspaper. 

By Robert Lawson
Publisher
info@nicolletcountyledger.com


The Saint Peter City Council held their regular city council meeting on April 8 at 7 p.m., which included a public hearing on the Wastewater Treatment Facility Plan. The council was addressed by Public Works Director Pete Moulton and the city’s water resource manager, Curtis Thompson.

“Usually over a 20-year window, we do a planning process,” Moulton said. “The overall goal of this facility plan would be to identify areas where we need to improve our wastewater operations, have the council review some of the alternatives and the facility plan, which you guys have already done.”

Public Works will submit the plan and report to the Public Facilities Authority (PFA) and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) input, if received, at the public hearing.

“They will then allow us to be eligible for revolving loan fund money and grants as we see fit based on our income and our rates that we are currently paying,” Moulton said.

In February, the council approved the Wastewater Treatment Facility Plan as prepared by Bolton and Menk Engineering. The current wastewater treatment facility (WWTF) was constructed in 2002/2003 and went into operation in February 2004. The plant was designed to manage a 20-year growth period with mechanical equipment designed to treat 2.0 million gallons of wastewater per day. Since 2004 the facility has performed the function for which it was designed, allowing Saint Peter to remain in compliance with strict state and federal standards and protect the environment.

During the preparation of the 2024 Facility Plan, the city evaluated the existing infrastructure and identified needs over the next 20-year growth window which would keep the city in compliance with existing and proposed regulations. There were a few areas that will need to be upgraded and improved, divided into two main categories: collection system and treatment system.

The collection system includes a series of underground piping from 4 to 36 inches in size and made of a
Continued on page 5 of the April 14, 2024 Nicollet County Ledger newspaper. 

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