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Officials in Montevideo looking at wastewater connection

MONTEVIDEO -- Watson could solve its need to upgrade its wastewater treatment plant by piping its effluent to Montevideo for treatment there instead.

City Council members in Montevideo on Monday considered an agreement with the city of Watson for such a system. Council members are receptive to the proposal, said City Manager Steve Jones of Montevideo.

The city of Montevideo is currently in the midst of planning an approximately $17 million upgrade to its wastewater treatment facility. The city's plant could handle the additional flow from Watson without any significant changes. The flow would represent about 2 percent of the effluent to be treated.

The city of Watson would be responsible for developing a pipeline to connect to the Montevideo plant. The two communities are roughly seven miles from each other.

In other business the council informally agreed to move ahead and develop plans for street and utility improvements. An estimated $614,500 worth of work is being discussed, including street improvements to portions of Sherman Avenue, Ashmore Avenue and Frontage Drive, along with a storm sewer addition between Buckeye Drive and 19th Street.