NC leaders to discuss new waste-water rule |

NC leaders to discuss new waste-water rule

The state Water Quality Control Board for the Central Valley will soon require waste-water treatment plants to submit a new set of water data results.

The new tests could cost Nevada City more than $26,872 for one year.

The Nevada City City Council will consider allowing city staff to draft a contract with Basic Laboratory Inc. in Redding to run the test every quarter for one year. All results should be done by March 1, 2003.

No local lab runs these types of test, city officials said.

Jim Wofford, supervisor for the city’s waste-water treatment plant, said the state wants to test the effluent for more than 100 compounds, including pesticides, PCB, dioxins and heavy compounds like mercury and arsenic.

The state Water Resources Control Board adopted the new testing rules on March 2, 2000, to better evaluate the quality of the effluent.

The plant treats 450,000 gallons of waste water every day.

In a memorandum to the City Council, City Manager Beryl Robinson recommended the city contract with Basic Laboratory Inc. The city attorney would review the contract.

The city’s annual budget is $3.9 million.

The Nevada City City Council meets at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 317 Broad St. For information, call 265-2496.

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