Monroe okays share of sewer project costs

    The city of Monroe will provide its financial share for the sewer project upgrades currently being undertaken by the city of Berne to the wastewater treatment lagoon owned by Monroe and Berne. The Monroe Town Council met Thursday evening to approve the expenditure of approximately $900,000, to be paid over a 20-year span, reflecting its one-eighth ownership of the lagoon.
    Berne is in the final stages and will begin work shortly to improve the capacity of the lagoon, located at the east side of the city. The improvements are the result of Indiana Department of Environmental Management mandates — which also affect Monroe — that require a reduction in ammonia contained in the effluent at the Berne wastewater treatment plant.
    The project will additionally increase the total sewage processing capacity by more than 50 percent, Monroe officials said. The increase will allow the lagoon to process 1.08 million gallons a day; it currently processes 700,000 gallons a day. Monroe currently uses 31,000 gallons per day, and that capacity will increase to 48,000 gallons per day.
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