Dec 20, 201112:09 PMBlog

LOTT purchases site in Tumwater Valley

Dec 20, 2011 - 12:09 PM
The LOTT Clean Water Alliance has completed the purchase of 36 acres at the former brewery site in the Tumwater Valley. The net purchase price was $3.7 million.

Transferring the property to public ownership provides opportunities for multiple community benefits, such as future wastewater and/or reclaimed water treatment facilities, riparian corridor restoration along the Deschutes River and improved public access to the riverfront.
LOTT's long-range Wastewater Resource Management Plan was approved in 2000 and provided a framework for treating the region's wastewater into the future through construction of three satellite reclaimed water plants at different locations in the LOTT service area. The first of those satellites is the Martin Way Reclaimed Water Plant in Lacey, in operation since 2006.  In 2006, LOTT purchased property near Komachin Middle School in Lacey for a second future satellite plant. The purchase of property in the Tumwater valley provides the land needed for the last of LOTT's anticipated future satellite plants.

The site also provides maximum flexibility to meet a variety of LOTT's possible treatment needs in the future. The property can support a satellite plant similar to the Martin Way Reclaimed Water Plant, treating up to 5 million gallons per day of raw wastewater to Class A Reclaimed Water standards. The site could also house a facility to provide enhanced treatment of final effluent from the Budd Inlet Treatment Plant, transforming up to 15 mgd of final effluent into Class A Reclaimed Water. Advanced treatment of the reclaimed water, using reverse osmosis or other technologies, could also occur at the site if needed in the future.    

The acreage purchased by LOTT includes two parcels in a "V" shaped area that excludes the large warehouse. A boundary line adjustment was completed before the purchase to make sure that the warehouse could remain intact and available on the market for future development. The portion of LOTT's new property that is not needed for future treatment facilities is primarily floodplain area and riverfront.


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