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Grand Forks Committee OKs water plant plan

The city of Grand Forks Service/Safety Committee recommended approval of city staff's recommendation to move forward with research and planning of a new hybrid water treatment plant Tuesday.

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The city of Grand Forks Service/Safety Committee recommended approval of city staff's recommendation to move forward with research and planning of a new hybrid water treatment plant Tuesday.

If the City Council agrees with the recommendation, the plant will continue to be planned for a site on the west end of Grand Forks, tentatively starting construction in 2016 at a cost of about $130 million.

City staff members are seeking state grants to pay for half of the project and have already received a $5 million grant.

Before approving the recommendation Tuesday, Committee Chairman Terry Bjerke asked if a new water plant could be built at the site of the current plant, on the Red River.

City Administrator Todd Feland answered that city staff would continue to research that possibility, but as of now research has showed the west side site is the best option.

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The committee also approved the city hire a UND Ph.D. student to assist with continued research on the project.

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