Worthington awarded low-interest loan for wastewater treatment project

Twenty-year loan available at 1% interest.

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These water filtration domes at the Worthington wastewater treatment plant are expected to be replaced when a planned new plant comes online in 2023. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)

WORTHINGTON — The city of Worthington was approved for a more than $30.3 million low-interest loan to help fund construction of an improved wastewater treatment facility north of town.

City Administrator Steve Robinson said the city was informed last week that its application to the Minnesota Public Facilities Authority’s Clean Water revolving loan fund was approved for a 20-year loan at 1% interest.

The loan allows Worthington Public Utilities to pay for the new treatment plant over the next two decades through a combination of money it already has in reserves, as well as revenue from user rates.

“We were looking at different financing options months ago,” Robinson shared, adding that city bonding was discussed, along with using WPU reserves.

Construction is slated to start later this summer or early fall, with completion estimated in late summer 2023.


In July, the Worthington City Council awarded Gridor Construction Inc. of Buffalo the construction contract for the project. Gridor submitted the lowest of two bids received, at $26,205,800.

Julie Buntjer became editor of The Globe in July 2021, after working as a beat reporter at the Worthington newspaper since December 2003. She has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism from South Dakota State University.
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