LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The city of Lafayette will be cutting a big check to comply with a new state regulation on waste water.
Water Pollution Control Director Brad Talley said because of an agreement the city made with the state in August, the city must lower its phosphorus level in waste water.
The phosphorus level is currently 10 milligrams per liter.
By August 1, 2016, the level must be at 1 milligram per liter.
The city made initial investments of about $400,000 but Talley said the total cost will be close to $5 million.
“We will have to chemically bind,” Talley said. “We will have to work with the industrial contributors throughout the city to decrease the amount that they supply to us. Also, we'll look at education to the public and different treatment options.”
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The site is already owned by the Wabash River Enhancement Corporation.
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