Plant upgrade cost may decrease |

Plant upgrade cost may decrease

Nevada County could save up to $2.5 million for the Cascade Shores wastewater treatment plant upgrade, removing a large financial burden from residents, according to county officials.

The treatment plant was slated for an upgrade to meet new state and federal water-quality guidelines when a landslide damaged the facility in May 2005. As a result, homeowners faced a steep increase in sewer fees – to $4,500 per year from $1,995 per year to help rebuild the plant.

The homeowners had a right to reject the proposal and voted against it last year.

Earlier this week, the California State Water Quality Control board voted to let the county find a single contractor to manage the rebuilding of the plant, possibly saving up to $2.5 million. A so-called community wastewater grant will help pay for the upgrade.

“We can take the overhead down by sole sourcing,” said county Supervisor Nate Beason, who represents the homeowners. The plan still has to go back before the water board for approval, Beason said.

“They’re starting to get it that rural communities don’t have the money to throw at the increasing costs of (wastewater treatment) technologies,” Beason said. “But there’s a lot of work left to do.”


To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail or call 477-4237.

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