Edinburgh seeks grant for wastewater treatment

Edinburgh is seeking a federal grant to pay for improvements to its wastewater treatment facilities that will help prevent future overflows into a nearby river.

Edinburgh has requested a $450,000 Community Development Block Grant that would go toward funding a $587,000 project to improve the flow into the town’s wastewater facility, an improvement that the state is requiring the town to make, town manager Wade Watson said.

Because of a long-term agreement between the town and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, the town is required to make improvements to its wastewater treatment program to prevent future overflows into the Blue River, he said.

The city has a combined storm water and sewer system, all of which goes to the town’s treatment plant. The proposed improvement would increase the flow into the treatment plant and lesson the risk of overflowing, Watson said.

If the funding is approved this fall, work will begin in the spring, he said.

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Jacob Tellers is a reporter at the Daily Journal. He can be reached at jtellers@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2702.