On April 28 Public Utility District No. 1 of Klickitat County dedicated its newly constructed Wastewater Treatment Plant in Lyle.
The new plant includes new headworks, a sequencing batch reactor system, aerobic sludge digestion, drying beds and a disinfection system.
These new improvements will allow the PUD's Lyle Wastewater System to comply with state and federal water quality standards while providing benefit to the customers of Lyle.
The planning and design phase of Project was completed with funding from the Public Works Board and the U.S. Forest Service. KPUD completed construction through a Community Investment Fund Grant from the Washington State Department of Trade and Economic Development, along with a generous grant and zero interest loan funding package from the Washington State Department of Ecology.
Since 2001 representatives from the PUD, Department of Ecology, CTED and the Lyle Community Council have been working together to bring this project on line.
KPUD Commissioner Ray Mosbrucker and General Manager Tom Svendsen acknowledged Gray & Osborne Engineering who designed the Project; Les & Judy McClure of McClure & Sons Construction, who built the Project, as well as the Lyle Community Council and the various funding agencies who worked have worked since 2001 to bring this Project to fruition.
A personal thanks was extended to representatives in attendance from the Lyle Community Council, Public Works Board and Department of Ecology KPUD. A special note of thanks was extended to Tom Tebb, Water Quality Section Manager for the Department of Ecology, who was very instrumental in ensuring that adequate funding was made available for construction of the Project.
KPUD also expressed its thanks to the Yakama Nation for expediting their Cultural Survey at the beginning of the project, which enabled KPUD to move forward with the project and remain in compliance with funding requirements.