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Paynesville Press - April 27, 2005

Irrigation upgrade begins at city ponds

By Bonnie Jo Hanson

Irrigation upgrade

Construction began last week on an upgraded irrigation system at the Paynesville waste treatment facility north of the city on Co. Rd. 33. The project includes removing the old 10-inch aluminum piping and replacing it with new 18-inch PVC piping and extending irrigation pipes along Co. Rd. 33 to a property owned by the city that will now be irrigated.

Unlike the old piping, the new piping will be buried.

The project, which should nearly triple the waste treatment facility's drainage capacity, is the first part of a three-phase project that should also include replacing pumps and pumphouse piping. This phase of the project is estimated to cost $500,000 and should be complete in a couple of weeks.

Traffic on Co. Rd. 33 will not be detoured nor stopped for more than a few minutes, but motorists are urged to use caution while driving through the construction area.

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