Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Wastewater Woes in Nampa, Caldwell

Posted By on Tue, Sep 27, 2011 at 10:50 AM

The City of Nampa is about to face a similar dilemma that Boise officials are already wrestling with: new standards from the Environmental Protection Agency and their impact on the region's wastewater treatment.

On Aug. 3, BW reported the City of Boise's preparation for never-before-seen restrictions on phosphorous and water temperature. Boise officials approved $4 million in immediate capital improvements to the city's water systems and an additional $1.5 million in annual chemical costs. Long-range improvements to the West Boise Wastewater Treatment Facility could cost anywhere from $67 million to $92 million.

The Idaho Press-Tribune is reporting that Nampa officials are meeting regularly each Thursday to address the same challenge. According to the report, Nampa residents could face a doubling of the sewer bills to pay for the upgrade.

Caldwell Mayor Garret Nancolas said he's also worried for his city.

"It's got us really, really concerned," Nancolas told the Press-Tribune. "The cost to comply is way beyond our capacity to just pay for it."

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