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POND CLARIFICATION 11-30-11 LMS

In the November 24 edition of the Recorder Herald a story headline incorrectly stated the city is adding a new ‘sewer’ pond to its wastewater system. That is not the case.

The city is planning, with the proper permits, to create a second waste water pond to use for the sole purpose of collecting waste water from the city’s Water Treatment Plant.

The original pond has been collecting the waste water for a number of years and it needs to be cleaned out. Activating a second pond will allow the city to clean out the original pond.

At the November 16 meeting of the Salmon City Council it was explained that the waste water pond now in use needs to be cleaned. Cleaning involves shutting down the pond and using back hoe equipment to remove the accumulated excess material. Being able to connect another existing pond-area into the system will allow the work to be accomplished.

The pond-area being considered was excavated in the 1970’s but never used. The plan is to install waste water lines to that pond so it can be used as an auxiliary waste water settling pond while the original pond is being cleaned, then keep it in the system as a secondary waste water pond.

City Administrator George Ambrose wants the public to know the city is definitely not adding a third sewer lagoon. It is merely activating an existing pond at the Water Treatment Plant by tying it into the treatment plant’s present waste water system.


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