DEQ seeks comment on draft water reuse permit renewal for city of Bellevue
Monday, October 30, 2017
BELLEVUE - The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking public comment on a draft water reuse permit renewal for the city of Bellevue in Blaine County.
DEQ previously posted this draft reuse permit for public comment on May 15, 2017. Based on the comments received from the facility, the agency made major changes to the draft permit. This 21-day public comment opportunity is on the revised draft permit and staff analysis addendum.
The permit authorizes the city to continue operating a wastewater treatment and reuse facility located approximately four miles southwest of Bellevue for another five years. It allows recycled water to be used to irrigate crops during the growing season and to be applied to rapid infiltration basins year round.
As part of the permitting process, the city is required to show how it will address public health and environmental concerns, including methods of preventing surface and ground water contamination.
The draft permit specifies buffer zones around the irrigation site, hydraulic and nutrient loading rates, operating practices, and monitoring requirements established by DEQ to protect public health and the environment.
Written comments on the draft permit will be accepted through November 20, 2017, at 5 p.m. MST.
The draft permit and staff analysis are available for public review at DEQ’s Twin Falls Regional Office and on DEQ’s website (download at right).
Submit comments electronically on DEQ’s website or by mail or email to:
DEQ Twin Falls Regional Office
650 Addison Avenue West, Suite 110
Twin Falls, ID 83301