A grant will help the City of Fort Dodge prepare for the possibility of accommodating industries that have unique wastewater treatment needs.
The $200,000 grant will pay for most of the cost of a technical study on the construction of a wastewater treatment facility called an anaerobic digester. An anaerobic digester will clean up wastewater that is much dirtier than anything currently dumped into city sewers.
There is no immediate need for this system, according to Chad Schaeffer, the city’s director of development. He said the study will outline how these can be put in place so that the city is prepared for the future.
He added that having the study in hand will allow local officials to tell industries watching the community that the city has a plan to manage their wastewater.
“We’re just trying to get ahead of the game here,” he said. “It may give us a little boost in recruiting industries.”
The grant comes from the Iowa Economic Development Authority. But the money originally came from the federal government’s COVID relief program.
The study will cost $250,000. The city government will provide the remaining $50,000.
Schaeffer said McClure Engineering Co., of Fort Dodge, will be hired to do the study.