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Colchester Faces Major Treatment Upgrade

Colchester, IL – Colchester city leaders met with consultants and an EPA representative to discuss ways to improve the sewage treatment lagoon. Mayor Joe Wetzel says the city has fielded several complaints about odor from the lagoons. In addition, he says the filters are not working as they should. Wetzel says the meeting suggested some short-term, "band-aid" solutions the city will try. In the meantime, the council will begin investigating alternatives and their costs. Wetzel says the best long-term solution might be an aeration system in combination with deepening the lagoons, though that would be expensive.