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Elmer City, Coulee Dam expect to agree on access to new treatment plant

 

As seen from across the Columbia River, Coulee Dam's new wastewater treatment plant is under construction. The new plant entry point at right is higher in elevation than the old plant, at left, which means it will take stronger pumps to push Elmer City's effluent to the plant. - Jacob Wagner photo

A brewing lawsuit between two towns has likely been averted after leaders took legal arguments seriously last week and a desire to work with neighbors prevailed.

Coulee Dam has decided to explore options and get cost estimates to build a lift station needed to carry Elmer City's sewage to the new wastewater treatment facility being built.

The treatment plant that Coulee Dam is building is about 22 feet higher in elevation than the old one that the towns currently share. That requires extra pumping with a new lift station to get Elmer City's sewage to the new plant.

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