By Karen Snyder
ORONOCO – Approximately 35 community members came to an April 9 public hearing to learn about plans for a potential wastewater treatment system for Oronoco.
Minnesota’s biggest little town with no municipal sewer service already has some of the requisite infrastructure in place. Joe Palen, city engineer, told the crowd the new subdivisions have systems that could someday connect to a municipal system.
But most of Oronoco is served by individual septic systems, and three-fourths of those in the downtown area are believed to be non-compliant or obsolete.
Palen and project manager/wastewater engineer Tom Dye of Stantec Consulting offered three options for wastewater treatment:
• Conveying wastewater to Rochester
• Conveying wastewater to Pine Island
• Building a wastewater treat-ment facility in Oronoco