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Moline Celebrates Updated Treatment Plant


The largest utility project ever in the city of Moline is now completed, and online. Tuesday city officials, employees, and contractors cut a ribbon to celebrate improvements at the North Slope Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The 43 million dollar project started four years ago, with help from a low interest loan from the Illinois EPA, and energy efficiency grants, also from the state.

Planning actually began in 2012 to update the aging plant on First Avenue, behind the Quad City Industrial Center. City officials say it's now state-of-the-art, and its capacity has been raised from 24 to 34 million gallons per day. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.