GRAND LEDGE, Michigan – Grand Ledge plans to upgrade its wastewater treatment plant, replace aging equipment and prepare for the city’s anticipated future growth.
“You have to have water. You have to have sewers. There is no doubt about it. These are essential services for which we are responsible,” said city councilor Don Willems. “And the predicted growth in the town of Grand Ledge tells us that we won’t be able to provide sewage if we don’t expand. We have to expand.”
Over the next ten years, the city estimates that the population of Grand Ledge, which now numbers just under 8,000, will increase by 7.8%.
Willems said the plant can currently process about 1.5 million gallons of water per day and that they expect the updated plant to need to process an additional 1.4 million gallons per day. day.
“Regarding residential units, we don’t know that there could be industrial facilities. There could be a car wash. There could be people who use more or less water,” said Willems.
Most of the plant’s processing equipment dates from 1975.
Willems said they won’t receive the preliminary design and funding report until April of next year. Construction is unlikely to be completed until 2025, he said.
At this time, there is no guarantee that residents will see an increase in water tariffs, but Willems said he believes it will.
“We will probably see an increase in sewer rates, but we will try to make this as affordable as possible. I think the most important thing people need to know about water and sewer rates is that, whatever we take, we spend on water and sewage, ”said Willems.
The expansion of the plant will eat away at Fitzgerald Park.
Willems said it is estimated they will need three acres. According to Parks Director Troy Stowell, there are 64 acres of recreational land in the park.
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