Muskegon Gets Loan For Pump

September 12, 2006
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MUSKEGON — The Department of Environmental Quality has approved a $14 million loan to Muskegon County for the construction of a wastewater pumping station in the city of Muskegon.

The new pump station will replace one that is 35 years old and serves 90 percent of the county, said Dave Kendrick, Muskegon County Public Works director. The pumping station pumps 20 million gallons of sewage a day 11 miles east to a land treatment plant.

The loan, which comes with a 1.625 percent interest rate payable over 20 years, is from the State Revolving Fund.

“We’re very happy with the interest rate,” Kendrick said.

The new pumping station will make the Muskegon County Wastewater Management System more reliable and efficient, as well as help prevent illegal sanitary sewer overflows, he said. The loan is the second that has been awarded to the county to improve the county sewer system.

“The citizens of Muskegon will benefit greatly from this money,” said Sen. Gerald Van Woerkom, R-Norton Shores. “It will provide a boost in the county’s continuous efforts to preserve the quality of its water.”

Planning for the pumping station has been in the works since 2004 and construction is set to start in October, finishing in 2008, Kendrick said.

Additional funds from a fund balance will be used by the wastewater system to provide another few million dollars to the project, Kendrick said.     

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