|Aug 23, 2013 --
Pawnee City’s original sanitary sewer collection system was constructed around 1916 and updated in 1978. This system was nearing capacity so the City decided to look into constructing an entirely new wastewater plant.
USDA Rural Development initially funded this project with ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) funds with a $989,000 loan and a subsequent loan in the amount of $434,000, and $2,548,908 grant. The City also contributed $100,000 to the project. These loans will be payable over 20 years at an interest rate of 2.125 percent.
The project was completed in 2013 and the City now has a new mechanical lift station which includes a screen building, oxidation ditch, final clarifiers, UV disinfection and aerobic sludge digesters. The City also had slip lining done on a major portion of the existing collection systems; this will help reduce the amount of infiltration and inflow. The whole facility is now updated and the system will be able to meet the needs of the community. The City will not have to worry about compliance issues on their wastewater treatment for many years to come.
“We have been struggling with an outdated wastewater system for many years and are greatly relieved that USDA Rural Development has awarded us the needed grant and loans to replace it,” said Pawnee City Mayor Duane Westing when the money for the project was obligated in 2010.