Perham awarded EDA funds for wastewater treatment

Sep 6, 2011 Issues: Economy and Jobs


(Detroit Lakes, Minn) – Congressman Collin Peterson announced that the City of Perham has been awarded $2.4 million from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration for investment in the city’s wastewater treatment system.

“Perham has a strong industrial economy, and this EDA investment will help to keep it healthy ,” Peterson said. “With Perham’s businesses exporting to 21 different countries, the city has a large impact on the regional and national economy.”

Mayor Tim Meehl indicated that this award will cover around half the cost of what the city budgeted. “We had to do this project because we’ve outgrown our sewer system. This will help save our taxpayers a lot of money by keeping down the rate increases,” he said.

Chuck Johnson, Perham’s Economic Development Director says the funds will be used to replace the water treatment aeration system which is inefficient and causes a “stink” problem in the city. The funds also will be used to construct a 20 acre treatment pond adjacent to the current one.

“The industrial activity in this town has a tremendous impact on the water and sewage system,” Johnson said. “We are running close to or at capacity and have to address this so we don’t choke off industrial or residential growth.”

The announcement from EDA indicated that they anticipate at least 300 jobs to be created with this expansion.