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Coburg wins federal funds for sewer.

Byline: Karen McCowan The Register-Guard

COBURG - The last Lane County city where residents still flush their toilets into septic tanks got a boost this week: It will receive $500,000 in federal funds Federal Funds

Funds deposited to regional Federal Reserve Banks by commercial banks, including funds in excess of reserve requirements.

These non-interest bearing deposits are lent out at the Fed funds rate to other banks unable to meet overnight reserve
 toward construction of a wastewater treatment system, expected to begin later this year.

Congress this week passed a bill that included a half-million dollar grant to help construct a wastewater system in Coburg to protect and improve the region's groundwater, said U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio Peter Anthony DeFazio (born May 27, 1947) is an American politician. He serves as a Democratic U.S. Representative from Oregon, representing the 4th Congressional District and is currently serving his 11th term. , D-Springfield.

Wastewater treatment for Coburg was a priority in a Southern Willamette Valley The Willamette Valley (pronounced [wɪˈlæ.mɪt], with the accent on the second syllable) is the region in northwest Oregon in the United States that surrounds the Willamette River as it proceeds northward from its  groundwater management plan devised by a panel of regional residents and officials after the state Department of Environmental Quality found persistent unacceptably high nitrate levels in about 100 wells between Interstate 5 and Highway 99W from Coburg to Monroe. The levels pose a health risk to animals and humans, with infants and nursing women particularly vulnerable. A study by the agency concluded that some of the nitrates were produced by septic septic /sep·tic/ (sep´tik) pertaining to sepsis.

1. Of, relating to, having the nature of, or affected by sepsis.

 systems that discharge waste into the ground.

City officials plan to eliminate such pollution by channeling Coburg waste into a treatment system that would clean it up to state standards and allow it to be discharged into agricultural fields in the summer and into Muddy Creek Muddy Creek may refer to:
  • Muddy Creek (Colorado), a tributary of the Colorado River
  • Muddy Creek (Maryland)
  • Muddy Creek (North Carolina)
  • Muddy Creek (Susquehanna River), a tributary of the Susquehanna River
 in the winter.

With just more than 1,000 residents, Coburg is one of only a few Oregon cities of its size without a sanitary sewer A sanitary sewer (also called, especially in the UK, a foul sewer) is a type of underground carriage system for transporting sewage from houses or industry to treatment or disposal.  system.

Mayor Judy Volta said it will cost about $18.6 million to build a wastewater treatment system for the city's residents plus several major RV factories.

"The city is hoping to break ground this year," she said. "That's been our plan all along. Our longtime dream looks like it's becoming reality."

The city plans to begin constructing transmission lines this fall, mostly in existing city rights of way, said Jack Detweiller, an engineer with Kennedy Jenks Consulting, the firm the city has hired to plan the system. The first section is likely to be installed along Industrial Way, home to the Marathon and Monaco motor coach manufacturing plants, Detweiller said.

Coburg has yet to apply for a state discharge permit for its sewage system sewage system

Collection of pipes and mains, treatment works, and discharge lines (sewers) for the wastewater of a community. Early civilizations often built drainage systems in urban areas to handle storm runoff.
. However, the state already has approved the city's plans for the collection lines, so the city can proceed with that portion of the construction, the DEQ DEQ

Abbreviation for the Incoterm "Delivered Ex Quay."
 said. The city hopes to start connecting to individual homes in 2009 and begin operating its wastewater system by 2010, Volta said.

To save time and money, the City Council decided last year to build a "water reclamation" sewer system Noun 1. sewer system - facility consisting of a system of sewers for carrying off liquid and solid sewage
sewage system, sewage works

facility, installation - a building or place that provides a particular service or is used for a particular industry; "the
 rather than build a conventional wastewater treatment Conventional wastewater treatment
  • Sewage treatment – treatment and disposal of human waste.
  • Industrial wastewater treatment – the treatment of wet wastes from manufacturing industry and commerce including mining, quarrying and heavy industries.
 plant or seek to pipe its waste to the existing Eugene-Springfield sewage plant off Belt Line Road in Eugene, Volta said. Those options would have cost as much as $23.3 million - even if the city could have won needed government approvals.

Coburg plans to use wastewater collection technology developed by a Sutherlin company, Orenco Systems. The system calls for installing primary treatment tanks at each residence or business. The tanks convert solid sewage waste into liquid form. The liquid is then pumped to a community treatment plant, where filtration and biological reactions cleanse the wastewater to the point of meeting state standards for use in the irrigation irrigation, in agriculture, artificial watering of the land. Although used chiefly in regions with annual rainfall of less than 20 in. (51 cm), it is also used in wetter areas to grow certain crops, e.g., rice.  of farmland, parks, school grounds, and public and private landscaping. In winter months, the treated effluent will be discharged into a wetland that leads to Muddy Creek, a Willamette River Willamette River

River, northwestern Oregon, U.S. It flows north for 300 mi (485 km) into the Columbia River near Portland. Oregon's most populous cities are in its valley. The Fremont Bridge, a steel arch with a main span of 1,225 ft (373 m), crosses the river at Portland.

The system will need state Department of Environmental Quality approval, Detweiller said, but similar systems are already in place at Oregon Gardens in Silverton and in the city of Yelm, Wash.

Detweiller said preliminary tests indicate that the system would be effective at treating waste from Coburg's industries, too.

"Coburg is fortunate in that its industries don't use a lot of water in their manufacturing process," he said. He said an analysis of wastewater from one RV factory "came out looking pretty close to household wastewater."

DeFazio cited the city's industrial potential in his announcement, saying lack of a wastewater treatment facility has hindered industrial expansion.

"I am pleased I was able to help secure this funding for Coburg's wastewater system," DeFazio said.

"Water infrastructure and water quality are important to fortifying the long-term economic viability of our communities. This funding will help Coburg to build the necessary infrastructure that helps attract new businesses, create jobs and improve the economy."

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 Mecham, a Lane Council of Governments attorney who advises the Coburg City Council, last year estimated an average Coburg homeowner would pay a total of $50 to $65 a month for the new system. Of that, $45 to $53 would be for operations expenses, and $5 to $12 would be to retire 15 to 20 years of bond debt for construction.

Industrial customers such as RV manufacturers Monaco and Marathon would pay significantly higher rates, Mecham said.
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Date:Jun 30, 2007
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