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BRANDON — The city of Brandon has received a boost toward the upgrade of the community’s waste water treatment and sewer system.

The city was recently awarded a $300,000 Community Development Block Grant from the Iowa Department of Economic Development.

Brandon has been pursuing funding for several years to make needed updates to its treatment plant and sewer system.

“The state has increased the requirements communities need to meet for their waste water and sewer systems, and this has put a tremendous strain on our smaller rural communities to be able to fund these changes,” said George Lake, Buchanan County Economic Development director. “The resources just aren’t there for the small rural communities.”

Mayor Guy Stacy said the grant will make up one-third of the total cost of the $1.5 milion project. In January, Brandon received a combined USDA grant and loan totaling more than $1 million. Those funds were contingent upon receiving the $300,000 CDBG grant. Because of this grant, Brandon is able to move ahead with this project.

Four stages will be addressed through this project. First is lagoon improvements, which will involve cleanup, removal and replacement of existing aeration equipment and liners. Second is construction of a new secondary treatment system. Third is a UV treatment system, which includes instillation of ultra violet disinfection equipment to meet disinfection limits. Finally there will be electric, controls and generator improvements to facilitate proper operation and treatment of the entire system including a back-up generator system.

“Now that funding is secured we hope to begin working on updating Brandon’s waste water and sewer systems in the spring of 2019,” said Stacy.

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