The Sioux Center City Council has agreed to an exchange of land to secure the site for the community’s new wastewater treatment plant.
The proposed plant is being built to meet new, more stringent DNR standards and replace the aging wastewater facility. Construction is planned adjacent to the existing plant, which is east of the intersection of 13th Avenue and 20th Street SE.
The city is exchanging about 40 acres northeast of Sioux Center for 17 acres and a swine facility near the existing wastewater treatment plant .
“It was important to build the new plant at this site because our engineers found that building on a different site would increase the cost by $7 million, a cost which would be borne by our users,” said Utility Manager Murray Hulstein.
Design for the new wastewater plant is underway. The plan is to have the new plant operational by mid-2020.
The City of Sioux Center’s sanitary sewer system collects and treats wastewater produced by more than 2,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers and is paid for with user fees from these customers.