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Grants to boost wastewater treatment in Durant

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Two grants will help Durant's wastewater plant deal with sludge. (KTEN) Two grants will help Durant's wastewater plant deal with sludge. (KTEN)

DURANT, Okla. -- The City of Durant will be using two big grants to improve its wastewater treatment infrastructure.

The money -- $1.5 million from the Economic Development Administration and $700,000 from the Choctaw Nation -- will be used to install a sludge press at the city's treatment plant. The machinery extracts liquid from sewage.

"This plant was built 15 years ago," said City Manager Tim Rundel. "It was designed to be a 25-year plant for the lifetime. We're at near capacity after 15 years because of the growth that this community has had happen over the past 5 or 10 years, especially."

The sludge press could extend the life of the city's plant by five to 10 years.

"Right now we budget well over $100,000 a year to send out, I believe it's over 11,000 gallons a day of sludge that we pump out and haul off to another facility," Rundel explained. "That will be an immediate savings, because we won't have to contract out for that any longer."

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