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May 16, 2024

Marquette Area Wastewater Facility Improvements

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Donohue recently led noteworthy improvements to the Marquette Area Wastewater Treatment Facility in Marquette, Mich. Infrastructure upgrades under construction include a new waste receiving station; modifications to various pumping, post-aeration, and ferric chloride feed equipment; and installation of new security fencing and cameras to safeguard the facility’s operations.

Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) Director Phil Roos recently toured the facility to celebrate these improvements enabled by a $12.5 million loan supported by EGLE’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund, with $5.87 million in principal forgiveness. "EGLE’s MI Clean Water program has been essential to support projects like the upgrades to the Marquette Area Wastewater Treatment Facility,” Roos said. “By fortifying these facilities, we can ensure every family in Michigan has access to the fundamental necessity of clean and safe drinking water, safeguarding their health and our natural resources for generations to come,” he noted.

State Representative Jenn Hill echoed these sentiments, “The crucial upgrades being made to our wastewater treatment plant, supported with this significant investment from the state, stand as another example of our ongoing work to safeguard public health and protect Michigan’s natural resources.”

Originally constructed in 1979, the Marquette Area Wastewater Treatment Facility maintains a robust capacity of 7 million gallons per day (mgd) and treats 3.2 mgd on average. Beyond its core treatment functions, the facility also protects public safety though water quality testing at its laboratory for public pools, hot tubs, and beaches, ensuring the continued safety and well-being of residents.

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