The Grand Haven-Spring Lake Sewer Authority is represented by Ferrysburg, Grand Haven and township, and Spring Lake village and township.
With Grand Haven Township Board's unanimous support on Monday night, all communities are on board with the project.
“The first project replaces the final two chemical treatments of the wastewater prior to discharge into the Grand River with an ultraviolet light to disinfect the water,” Grand Haven Township Manager Bill Cargo said.
The first project, estimated at $1.6 million, would be funded through the sewer authority's Plant Modification Fund, which currently has $1.8 million in it.
“I think (the project) will also be a safety improvement to that neighborhood,” Grand Haven Township Supervisor Karl French said.
Cargo noted that the storage of chlorine gas and sulfur dioxide creates a danger to residents, as a gas leak could be deadly for residents.
“Both of those are considered to be hazardous chemicals,” Cargo said. “The city wants to move those out of a residential area.”
The second project is aimed at eliminating odor from the plant in order to make the air in the neighborhood surrounding the treatment plant more pleasant.
“We all create the stench, so we should have a part in fixing the stench,” French said.
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