North Pole seeks funding for wastewater problem

The water utility in North Pole, a city just south of Fairbanks, is looking to secure state funding for a $4 million wastewater problem that was discovered nearly a decade ago.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that the city is pursuing a construction project that will extend a pipe that carries about 200,000 gallons of treated wastewater per day to a channel of the Tanana River by as much as 4,000 feet. Director of city services Bill Butler says the extension is needed because the channel is drying up.

The city is requesting funding from the Alaska Legislature and from a state wastewater loan program.

The City Council will decide Jan. 4 whether to appropriate about $300,000 in mostly state grant money to get started on the project.

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