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Public invited to wastewater treatment plant ribbon-cutting Friday

The city of Merced said it’s celebrating the completion its wastewater treatment plant upgrade with a ribbon-cutting at 10:30 a.m. May 13 at the plant located at 10260 Gove Road. The public is invited to attend.

The $37 million upgrade resulted in a facility that can handle up to 12 million gallons of sewage a day, enough to serve a population of about 120,000.

The plant will provide tertiary treatment of sewage, resulting in discharge that is safe for fish and human contact. The effluent has nearly drinking-water quality, according to a news release.

The state-of-the-art plant will not use the nitrogen-base treatments that promote algae growth, but rely on ultraviolet light to assist in the purification process.

Plant tours will be available after the ceremony. For information, call (209) 385-6892.

Directions: To get to the facility, go south on Martin Luther King Jr Way/Highway 59 and proceed to Dickenson Ferry Road. Turn right on Dickenson Ferry Road and proceed to Gove Road. Turn left onto Gove Road and proceed to the end of Gove Road at the Waste Water Treatment Plant.