Fort Atkinson City residents:
A few updates on city activities. Starting on May 2, work will begin on the new wastewater system. Holland Brothers received the contract for the project. As of the April billing, residents will see a $30.00 increase to the base rate on the sewer their bill making the monthly rate $55.00. This increase is necessary to pay for wastewater project. The original lagoon was built in 1993. In recent years the city received notices from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) stating that we had high CBOD5. In the mid 2000’s, the EPA and IDNR lowered the ammonia standards on Class A streams (Turkey River). The original lagoon was not designed to meet those kinds of standard. In 2014, the city hired Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH) to engineer a plan to add 2 cells to the original lagoon. In 2016, the cities largest flood overtook the lagoon. It was then determined by the IDNR that the system needed to be moved out of the way of the current of the flood currents. We then pivoted with plans to build in a new location northeast of the current wastewater system.
The city is also in the process of making plans to drill a second well. Since the city had two wells, we are required to continue to have a second well under IDNR regulations. SEH was hired to locate and design a plan that meets INDR requirements. COVID sidelined that project. Engineering is now complete and we are waiting on the final IDNR permit with plans to move forward late 2022 or early 2023.