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Wastewater Treatment Agreement to Help Save Knoxville Money

The Knoxville City Council finalized an agreement with the Iowa DNR last week that City Manager Harold Stewart says will residents money for several years to come. Stewart tells KNIA/KRLS News that the agreement sets out a 10-year period for the City of Knoxville to collect data ahead of building a new water reclamation facility. This comes after the City Council passed and ordinance this year that makes it illegal to have stormwater drains connected to sewer connections. The City will use data over the next 10 years to determine the size of the new facility they’ll have to build; Stewart says that without stormwater infiltration, the scope and cost of the project should be significantly smaller. He adds that the DNR has also exempted the City from costly nutrient removal regulations over that period.