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Storey County to Replace Aging Wastewater Treatment Plant

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Storey County is celebrating a big improvement to its infrastructure that officials say will help protect the citizens - and the environment.

Storey County is replacing its old wastewater treatment plant that's more than 30 years old. They say although they've managed to keep it running so far, it's a bit of a ticking time bomb.

"What you don't know is down there underneath is probably the frightening part. As we discover things, sometimes they're just older materials, sometimes portions of the pipe aren't there," says Storey County Manager Pat Whitten.

Experts say a plant this old puts the watershed at risk of contamination, especially in the case of a flood.

It's part of one of the oldest functioning water systems in the state dating back to the 1800s. Replacing the plant with a new, up-to-date facility will cost about $7 million. Storey County is paying for it with a combination of grants and loans through a program with USDA Rural Development.

Whitten says without that help there's no way this small community would have been able to afford the project. "The rate increase would be astronomical if we had to foot the bill on all $15 million."

Whitten says they hope to replace the whole sewer system in the area over the next five to eight years, which will cost them about $15 million, but they are celebrating this first step...just in time for Earth Day on Monday.

And they are even being honored by the USDA for their Earth Day project.






Written by Arianna Bennett


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