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An aerial photo shows the overall layout of the new wastewater treatment facility for the City of Willmar and the Eagle Lake Sewer District. The $86.2 million facility is located west of the city, as opposed to the old site, located on the east side of town near the Kandi Mall and a residential area.

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Folks who said they almost gagged from the odor of Willmar's old wastewater treatment plant can breathe easier now that the old plant is shut down and the new treatment facility located about five miles west of the city is operating.

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Not only is the site -- in the midst of corn fields -- far from the former residential and commercial location, the smell is different.

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David Little
David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
(320) 235-1150
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