Doug Barrett | Sep 15, 2017 AT 8:26 am
East Grand Forks hopes to begin flushing waste to the Grand Forks treatment plant in a matter of weeks. Between now and then officials from the two cities are finalizing a cost of service agreement for the “interconnect” that spells out how much it will cost East Grand Forks ratepayers.
Sample testing suggests at times the “strength” of the “stuff” coming from East Grand Forks exceeds specified limits. That could result in extra costs for treating the sewage. In response City Administrator David Murphy says the council will likely craft an ordinance passing those surcharges on to industrial violators so residential rates don’t go up.
The two cities are also wrestling with how to commemorate the joint project. Murphy says it’s not exactly a ribbon cutting event.
The sewage pipe under the Red River should be good to go in early October.