City gets grant to upgrade wastewater facility

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By Jesef Williams

The city of Lancaster is receiving federal money to make much-needed improvements to its wastewater treatment plant.

The U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded a $450,000 grant to the city to replace the effluent pumps that send water from the treatment plant to the Catawba River.

Mack McDonald, the  city’s public utilities director, said the current pumps are about 20 years old and have lost efficiency, costing more to operate and maintain.

Officials had been working since earlier this year on a grant application to secure the funding.

The installation of the four new 150-horse power pumps will cost between $650,000 and $800,000.  

The city will spend at least $300,000 toward the project.

“This should save us on our budget for maintenance and electrical use,” McDonald said. “The efficiency should take us into the next 15 to 20 years.”

McDonald said bids for the replacement project will go soon in hopes that the work will be finished by the end of the year.

Contact reporter  Jesef Williams at jwilliams@thelancasternews.com  or at (803) 283-1152