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New Cape Girardeau wastewater treatment facility begins operating

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

The new wastewater treatment facility in Cape Girardeau, Missouri began operating on Tuesday, Dec. 9.

According to the city of Cape Girardeau, the project was several years in the making and marks the largest public works project in Cape Girardeau's history.

Funding for the new facility was made possible by voters during the April 2011 election.

New Missouri state regulations required Cape Girardeau to increase its wastewater treatment capacity.

The city says during wet weather, wastewater exceeded the previous plant's capacity, bypassing the facility and flowing into the Mississippi River without receiving treatment.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources no longer permits wastewater bypass.

The new facility brings the city of Cape Girardeau into compliance with the new DNR regulations.

Ground was broken for the new facility on Sept. 7.

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