- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

RANCHESTER, Wyo. (AP) - The town of Ranchester is going to have to spend more money than expected to chlorinate discharge into the Tongue River from its wastewater treatment facility.

Ranchester Mayor Peter Clark originally estimated chlorinating discharge would cost the town $3,000 annually after staff discovered a chamber for adding chlorine was installed at the treatment plant in 1985. Officials later learned most of the equipment is gone, unusable or out-of-date. Initial costs to fix it could run about $20,000.

According to the Sheridan Press (https://tinyurl.com/movunyb ), treatment of the water is necessary to prevent people from getting sick from E. coli bacteria, which can cause diarrhea, urinary tract infections and respiratory illnesses.

The state is not saying Ranchester caused the pollution. The agency wants to ensure it is not making the problem worse.

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Information from: The Sheridan (Wyo.) Press, https://www.thesheridanpress.com/


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