BUTTE, Mont. – Governor Steve Bullock today joined representatives of Butte-Silver Bow, Montana DNRC and DEQ, engineering firm Morrison – Maierle and general contractor Swank Enterprises to dedicate Butte’s new Metro Wastewater Treatment Plant and highlight the rate savings for Butte residents and the community.
“Through strong fiscal management and a bit of common sense, we’re ensuring that the community of Butte can keep more money in their pockets,” said Governor Bullock. “This ambitious project – a decade in the making – points to the tremendous work we can accomplish when we work together. This project made critical infrastructure improvements and saves money for Butte residents, businesses, and customers.”
Butte – Silver Bow received $30 million in loans to build its Metro Plant through the State Revolving Fund (SRF) loan program administered by the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) and the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). As a result of changes Governor Bullock made to the SRF program in 2014, including reduced interest rates; ratepayers will save more than $10 million over the life of the loans.
The new facility utilizes state-of-the-art technology helping to exceed the standards for set for treated wastewater and greatly reducing the levels of nutrients and ammonia discharged into Silver Bow Creek, building on years of work to restore water quality in the Clark Fork River Basin. Construction of the plant started in November of 2014, following eight years of planning and development.
Morrison – Maierle has been an active partner with Butte – Silver Bow for the past ten years in the planning and execution of this project. With changing water quality standards, Superfund groundwater impacts and the need to secure an equitable funding source, the Phase 2 Membrane Bioreactor Upgrades Project has been a challenge to implement. Now that the project is complete, the Butte community can realize the benefits to greatly improved Silver Bow Creek water quality.
“It’s great having a relationship with our governor and state government that allows us to think and work outside the box,” said Chief Executive Vincent. “Without that cooperation and creative thinking, this crucial project would have placed an unacceptable burden on our ratepayers.”