As a part of a South Dakota Department of Environment & Natural Resources (DENR) initiative to prohibit the discharging of treated wastewater into streams that feed lakes, the City of Webster, South Dakota commissioned Clark Engineering Corporation to design a solution to be in compliance with the state's updated wastewater discharge regulations. The existing 30-acre site was not suitable anymore.
The site now occupies approximately 83 acres. A few challenges included finding the site location and negotiating with the land owners in the area. Clark Engineering Corporation worked with the landowners who would be affected by the installation of the force main, offering small upgrades to areas around the installation and obtaining the necessary easements from the land owners. Clark also participated in the negotiation of obtaining the land where the new pond site was to be located, offering fair compensation to the land owner while keeping the price reasonable for the City. Clark was able to find a lcoation only a few miles away from the existing facility.
The city will now be able to start discharging their treated wastewater into the new facility instead of discharging it into natural streams and lakes. The water will evaporate and percolate into the ground, giving the city a completely self-contained wastewater treatment system.