Projects on the Horizon

Wastewater Treatment Facility/Central Iron Range Sanitary Sewer District

It's not the glamour side of economic development, but the wastewater needs of business and industry are tantamount to successful recruitment efforts. To that end, the Central Iron Range Sanitary Sewer District project was created, with the City of Hibbing taking the lead in an effort that tackles an issue no one community could champion on its own . The project expands the wastewater treatment capacity of the region to accommodate residential and industrial development while extending municipal water/sewage to prime building areas.

The district-wide initiative addresses the wastewater treatment needs of the entire Central Iron Range by using existing facilities when possible, upgrading others, and expanding wastewater pipes and lift stations throughout the region. Because the City of Hibbing recently invested $9 million in one of its wastewater treatment facilities, expansion to that location is likely. Such a project would expand Hibbing's capacity from approximately 4.5 million gallons to 7.5 million gallons, or enough to handle the region's current and future wastewater treatment needs.

Design and pre-design of the project was made possible by a 2005 bonding bill that released $1.7 million in funding to the CIRI. Construction is on track to begin in 2007.

Contact:          John Suihkonen
Chairman Central Iron Range Sanitary Sewer District

Powerpoint Presentations:
    Central Iron Range Sanitary Sewer District (28.7MB)