Miliken turns dirt on brine treatment process infrastructure in effort to bring their water treatment plant back online

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From The Greeley Tribune (Sara Knuth):

The $3.4 million Frontier Water System, which will improve [water quality in water discharged] to the South Platte River and bring the town into compliance with state standards, is on track to be completed in June.

Once the system is up and running, it will give officials the ability to treat one-fourth of the town’s water. Right now, Milliken relies on Greeley and the Central Weld County Water District to provide the town’s water…

When the town officials are finished with the plant, the reopening will happen just more than five years after the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment closed it, citing violations in the amount of selenium the town was releasing into the South Platte River. After receiving multiple warnings, the town faced fines of up to $10,000 per day. The fine was ultimately reduced to $140,000, but the town had to shut down the facility, stop treating its own water and look for another solution to meet the state’s standards.

“This will be treating the return water, the brine that comes off in the treatment process,” said Milliken town administrator Leonard Wiest. “When you treat the water, you get some drinking water and then you get the junk that is collected in the treatment process. Now, that has to be treated.”

As part of the project, the town contracted with Golden-based Stanek Constructors, Inc., Frontier Water Systems and JVA Consulting Engineers.

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