Lewiston voters decide water, sewer bonds today

Lewiston voters Tuesday decide the fate of two 30-year revenue bonds to improve the city’s water supply and sewer systems, will polls open now until 8 PM.

One bond provides a little more than $29 million for improvements to the city’s wastewater treatment plant, while the other earmarks $42 million for the water system. Critical upgrades include include a complete overhaul of the water treatment system, a new water well and storage reservoir, and replacement of part of Main Street’s 110-year-old water line system.

The bonds will also cover repairing and upgrading aeration basins at the wastewater treatment plant, adding a third primary clarifier, and installing a new ultraviolet disinfection system.

A property tax increase is not needed to pay for the bonds, which will be covered by last year’s 40 percent increase in water and sewer rates.

A simple majority vote is needed to approve the bonds.  (Lewiston Tribune)