Williston hosts ribbon cutting ceremony for Water Resource Recovery Facility

BISMARCK, N.D. Williston now has a new facility that treats the city's wastewater.

"Growth is always a good thing, but we didn't have a choice and we had to do something and this was the solution," says Mayor Howard Klug.

The Water Resource Recovery Facility serves up to 60,000 people. The development is also the first municipal facility in North Dakota to achieve a "Class A" level of bio-solids treatment.

"We are able to remove more Nitrogen and Phosphorus before its discharged to the river so it’s not harmful downstream," says Jason Benson,AE2S Project Manager.

City commissioners started planning on the facility in 2009. Construction for the project didn't begin until 2014.

"It sits on about 11 acre site. There are a number of buildings and treatment processes that wastewater goes through before we discharge to the Missouri River," says Benson.

The plant is able to process 5.4 million gallons of water per day removing unwanted pollutants through the activated sludge process.

"We actually do what is called a disinfection where we are using disinfection to kill all of the remaining pathogens and viruses before it is discharged to the river," says Benson.

A procedure that is clean and safe for the environment. $105 million was financed to the facility by the North Dakota Finance Authority.