Twin Falls Wastewater Bond Election

DREW NASH • TIMES-NEWS Twin Falls resident Lori Ward, the co-chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee on Wastewater Infrastructure claps after seeing the first wave of results for the Twin Falls Wastewater bond Tuesday evening, May 21, 2013 at Elevation 486 in Twin Falls.

TWIN FALLS • During Tuesday’s election, voters approved a $38 million bond to fund upgrading and expanding the Twin Falls wastewater treatment facility.

The bond passed by a landslide, getting almost 70 percent of the vote with 1,363 votes in favor and 604 votes opposing.

“I’m proud of the community’s forward thinking, even if it means a small personal sacrifice on their end,” said Lori Ward, co-chair of the citizen committee supporting the wastewater bond.

Ward, along with other members of the committee, celebrated the bond’s passing at Elevation 486 on Tuesday night. Refreshing online polling numbers, the committee was elated that the bond had passed.

Ward pointed to the committee’s grassroots efforts to getting the support needed for approving the vote.

“This really came from the community and it reflected what the community wanted,” she said.

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The $38 million will go to improve and expand the facility, as well as replace sections of the city’s wastewater delivery system.

Currently, the city’s wastewater facility is nearing capacity and city officials are unable to approve any new large wastewater requests. The city has already had to turn away 12 companies due to a lack of wastewater space.

“We want to thank all the voters that made this happen and understanding the importance of it,” said Chris Reid, another co-chair of the committee.

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