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City of Yakima Starts Waste Water Treatment Project to Clean Up Runoff Water

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YAKIMA, WA -- The City of Yakima has started work on a four million dollar waste water treatment project that will help the natural habitat in the area. 

Two pipes will lead into two levees. One will lead into a runoff from the Yakima River and the other, into a natural habitat right outside the plant. This change comes from the Gap 2 Gap project, a plan to reduce the stress on state levees and restore flood plains to their original state. 

City workers say this new piping system will help benefit the environment, the waste treatment system and even the taxpayers. 

"It's going to be a good project," Jeremy Hoover said. "It was designed, it's been several years in the making and I think it's working out really well. It's going to be beneficial to the plant and it's going to increase the quality of the water that goes out to the river."

Treated waste water from the plant used to flow right into the Yakima River, always meeting federal standards of cleanliness.

Under the new system, two pipes consisting of 3,000 feet of PVC pipe will stream the water into the two canals where it will then be cleaned naturally. The new system will also be state of the art and be far ahead of federal standards that always seem to be tightening.