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Vale acquires key funding to propel sewer infrastructure project

Vale city officials will move ahead with an ambitious plan to rebuild the Willowcreek lift station now that funding is available for the project. (The Enterprise file)

VALE – A major project to upgrade a sewage lift station in town is good to go after action by the Oregon Legislature and state Sen. Lynn Findley, R-Vale.

Vale City Manager Todd Fuller said last week he received confirmation that $1 million in federal money – passed through the state – plus $100,000 from the state for the Willowcreek lift station.

The lift station is old and prone to breaking down, creating problems for city public works crews for years.

City wastewater travels through Vale’s sewage system to lift stations, where it is pulled up by pumps and put into the city’s wastewater lagoon for treatment . . .