Growing Dayton-area municipalities seek funding for $100M in wastewater improvements

The organization is requesting funding for a project that would benefit three growing municipalities in the Dayton region.

Growing Dayton-area municipalities seek funding for $100M in wastewater improvements

A government agency is looking for funding to complete a large project that will benefit three municipalities growing in the Dayton area.

The Tri-Cities North Regional Wastewater Authority Treatment Plant plans to invest more than $100 million in Huber Heights Vandalia and Tipp to improve its collection system and plant capacity.

Tri-Cities Wastewater serves thousands of businesses and 67,000 residents in Huber Heights and Vandalia, and each area is experiencing rapid industrial and housing growth. Planning studies show that improvements in treatment and collection are needed to meet the flow capacity, sanitary waste overflow, and nutrient removal requirements. The Miami Valley Planning Commissions have also identified capacity limitations in the plant and collection systems as a problem.

All three communities are experiencing rapid growth in industrial, commercial and residential sectors. Danny Knife said that the system is currently operating at 96% design flow capacity, which is 11.2 million gallons a day. '...Modifications that increase gallon-per-day capacity are in line with the overall goals of the metro region and communities.

According to third-party planning studies, the plant and collection systems will need to be improved by more than $100,000,000 to comply with regulatory requirements for retaining flow, sanitary sewage overflows and nutrients removal. The majority of expenses will be paid by the participating communities (Huber Height, Vandalia, Tipp city) via utility rates.

The project cost is divided into two parts. $81.5 million will be spent on upgrading treatment plans to comply with regulatory requirements. Another $19.07 millions will go towards equalization storage in order to prevent sanitary sewage overflows at Taylorsville Metro-Park, and in the Great Miami River Watershed.

The joint venture, which will self-fund the majority of its product through debt service and has applied for $2m through the Community Project Funding Fiscal Year 2020 program, is requesting the funding.

U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, has recommended funding for this project, as well as a dozen other projects, in his Project Funding Submissions.