Groundbreaking on new wastewater treatment facility in Caledonia

CALEDONIA, Wis. (WKBT)- Caledonia is getting a new wastewater treatment facility.

A groundbreaking ceremony Monday marked the beginning of construction.

This facility will be replacing the city’s current one which was built in 1962. City officials say it’s outdated and deteriorating.

$7 million of the $16 million price tag for the project came from a one billion dollar jobs and infrastructure bill passed by the Minnesota State Senate.

The new facility will help the city save on operating costs and help the city comply with state standards for pollution.

“Trying to maintain what we have is super expensive and it wasn’t working well, so at the end of the day, we’ll have a better facility that will be around for generations to come,” said City Clerk Administrator Adam Garrett Swann.

State funds cover part of the cost, but Caledonia residents will see an increase in their monthly rates by July first 2024. Rates for a single-family residential household will go from an average of $31.12/month to $57.47/month.

The facility is expected to be on-line September of 2023.