The public is invited to celebrate the opening of Hermiston’s Recycled Water Treatment Plant at a ribbon cutting at 6 p.m. today at the plant.
The celebration caps off nearly two years of construction at the facility, 2205 N. First Place, to bring the city’s discharge to a “class A” standard. The city fully switched the community’s sewage flow over to the new plant on Oct. 1, and the resulting increase in discharge quality is crystal clear, according to a release from the city.
“The goal of this class A recycled water that we’re discharging now is to be virtually indistinguishable from drinking water,” said William Schmittle, recycled water plant superintendent.
The cost of the plant upgrade is being paid for through an increase to sewer rates, which began to take effect in phases on Jan. 1, 2014. The next phase is July 1.