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Charles City water resource recovery project (WRRF) to face possible delays

Charles City’s water resource recovery project (WRRF) that was set to be operational in December 2021, may soon be delayed. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) still needs to review areas of the construction grounds in order to accurately assess the project for environmental concerns.  

The DNR will take up to 90 days to do this assessment and the construction of the plant will be in limbo until that is finalized – this will most likely cost the city some money as they sit on their hands and watch.

The WRRF project will cost the city upwards of $17 million when it’s all said and done – all paid to Portzen Construction which won the bid last year. Other than the possible work stoppage, City Administrator Steve Diers believes the crew has had a great winter.


On Thursday starting at 6:30 p.m., the city council will be holding a meeting in order to discuss this potential DNR issue.


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