Construction for a $12.5 million upgrade to the Geneva Wastewater Treatment Plant started in 2018 to bring the City in compliance with new state environmental regulations.
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) is mandating all wastewater plants along the Fox River reduce the amount of phosphorous being discharged into the river after treatment. The river is an impaired waterway in part due to low dissolved oxygen levels. Phosphorous causes algae blooms that reduce dissolved oxygen.
The City of Geneva project is partially funded through the IEPA Water Pollution Control Loan Program at an interest rate of 1.56 percent. Geneva also has been adjusting its water rates to pay for the Wastewater Treatment Plant enhancements.
The effort is one of the biggest water-related projects in the City's history, but Geneva customers should not see any noticeable changes in their service. The improvements are expected to be completed in 2019.