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Health, Science & Environment

Moab Starts Building Regional Sewer Plant

Clayton Scrivner

Work has begun on a new water treatment plant in Moab, Utah. Construction began on Tuesday.

The regional plant will serve Moab City, Spanish Valley to the south and the far north end of San Juan County.

Moab’s existing sewer facility was built in the 1950’s, serving the city and rural parts of Grand County. The aging plant has had a number of issues and has occasionally violated state and Environmental Protection Agency standards.  Moab Mayor David Sakrison says this is a huge and worthwhile investment for the region.

“This is going to do a lot to increase the efficiency," Sakrison says. "Take away some of the odor that’s been occurring with the old plant. And it will just be a better operation all around.”

Sakrison says the old plant will be retired. 

“It’s probably going to become green space, perhaps a park, but we will be reclaiming the entire old sewer plant," he says. 

The $13 million project is being funded through a state loan, sales and use taxes and other user fees.  The new plant will be completed sometime in the next 16 months.  

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