Minneapolis approves $2 million in Recovery act funds for Water Works project

The Minneapolis City Council approved plans on Aug. 28 to use $2 million in funds from the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act to move forward the construction of a needed improvement to the City's Water Works facilities. The funds will be used for the Water Works’ Dewatering Plant Improvement project at its treatment center in Fridley. This project was slated to begin in 2011 but was accelerated to allow Water Works to pursue Recovery dollars to help cover the costs.

The Dewatering Plant Improvements Project will replace our existing centrifuges with filter presses.  The filter presses remove solids from our water and produce a sludge-like waste that is different from what is produced with our current technology. This new type of waste can be removed and hauled more efficiently and at a lower cost compared to what the city is doing now. 

The Dewatering Plant was built in 1972 and is need of repair. Many of its machines, including gravity thickeners and pumps will remain in use for the next decades. However, the centrifuges have reached the end of their useful life and are overloaded based on today’s standards.

The total approved cost of the Dewatering Plant Improvement Project is $25 million.

City leaders developed the Minneapolis Economic Recovery Strategy to seek federal funding that preserves and creates jobs and makes public investments that translate into a more competitive future for the people of Minneapolis and this entire region. For more information on the Minneapolis Economic Recovery Strategy, visit www.minneapolisrecovery.us .

Aug. 28, 2009

Published Aug. 28, 2009