ELKHART Two major sewer projects have taken a step forward in the city of Elkhart.
According to The Elkhart Truth, the council's finance committee approved plans to fund the project with low-interest bonds from the state. They say they won't have to raise utility rates for customers.
The project is expected to cost $24 million. The city plans to install a new tank underground downtown, which will prevent more than 8 million gallons of sewage from seeping into the Elkhart River each year.
They also plan to change the way wastewater is treated by replacing the chlorine gas disinfection system with an ultraviolet light system. That eliminates the risk of gas leaks, like one last month that forced officials to close Nappanee Street.
The changes will help keep the city in line with stricter federal standards.
The full city council still has to approve the funding plan before it can move forward. Their next meeting is next Monday.