Friday, August 1, 2014

Hundreds tour wastewater plant for 75th anniversary

Employees for the city of Coeur d’Alene’s wastewater treatment utility served up more than 300 free hamburgers and hot dogs on Friday to celebrate the 75th year anniversary of the opening of the treatment plant on the Spokane River. “There was a diverse group of people representing all ages that were interested in the treatment process. I was very pleased at the turnout,” said city wastewater superintendent Sid Fredrickson. “For those folks not able to attend, I’d like to remind the public that we are always happy to set up tours of the plant.”

The city of Coeur d’Alene was a trailblazer in the handling of sewage, building it first treatment plant in 1939. The secondary treatment plant was among the first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest and provided an advanced form of treatment that would not be required by law for another 33 years.

“It was very unusual for a city of our size to have secondary treatment back then,” Fredrickson said. “The plant was built for a population of 15,000 people and in 1940, we only had 10,000 people living in the city—and not all of those were on sewer.”