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Ludington receives $17 million for wastewater treatment facility

August 2, 2018

Ludington is receiving a $17 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for upgrades and expansions to aeration, filtration and storage systems at the wastewater treatment facility.

Other equipment will be replaced as well, including pumps, blowers, valves, pipes and the motor control center.

“It’s an old facility and it needs to be upgraded and updated to better handle the types of loads that we receive,” said Ludington Interim City Manager Steve Brock. “(It needs to) do a better job of putting effluent back into the environment.”

“We relocated the out flow (too) so we will be in very good environmental shape after we are all done with this,” Brock added.

The project will serve 5,087 residential and 1,051 commercial users and was leveraged with an $847,860 state grant.

Brock said most of the work will begin in 2019 and is estimated to take two years to complete.

The loan is by far the most distributed through the USDA’s Rural Development offices in Michigan so far this year.

“These announcements bring our total investment in Michigan water and sewer infrastructure up to $43 million in this month alone,” said USDA Rural Development State Director for Michigan Jason Allen in a press release. “With billions of dollars still available, it’s essential that rural communities contact us to help improve the quality of their drinking water and improve safeguards for the environment.”

Upgrades for the Ludington facility

The original wastewater treatment facility was built in 1974 and 1975. The plant’s infrastructure was upgraded in the mid-’90s and it continues to serve the cities of Ludington and Scottville, Amber and Pere Marquette townships and West Shore Community College.

“A lot of the infrastructure involved here at the treatment plant itself — much of the equipment we have here is original stuff from the original plant that started in 1975, so it’s over 40 years old,” said Ludington Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent Chris Cossette. “As with most things you have to replace it and that’s kind of where we are at right now.”

Read the full story in the Wednesday print and e-Editions of the Ludington Daily News.

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