Community Project Funding Requests
Albert Lea Wastewater Treatment Facility Improvements
Location: 221 East Clark Street, Albert Lea, MN 56007
Project Sponsor: City of Albert Lea
Requested Amount: $5,000,000
Use of Funds and Justification:
The funding would be used for major improvements and rehabilitation of the community’s large wastewater treatment facility. The project would consist of construction of a new preliminary treatment building. Engineering designs including but not limited to the rehabilitation of aeration and clarifiers, construction of a new industrial waste and septage receiving station, construction of a new secondary clarifier, construction of a new filter building with ultraviolet disinfection, installation of a 750-kW solar array, and the addition of a phosphorus removal system.
The project is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds because the addition of a septage receiving station will prevent the shipping of waste products from local industries 200-300 miles away round trip. This process is intended to address new, state mandated PFAS (Polyfluorinated Substances) regulations that will take effect soon.