Coquille's new sewage plant 70% completed

COQUILLE, Ore. -- Sewage spills into the Coquille River may be old news after this spring.

The City of Coquille is upgrading their water treatment plant.

The almost $11 million project will divert storm water into the Coquille River so it does not overflow the sewage plant.

City Manager Ben Marchant says this upgrade won't just keep the river clean, it will also allow the city to expand.

"The town has literally been held back from growing and building new residential units and business units. Over the years, there have been businesses that have opened and have had to keep a temporary toilet station outside their business because they couldn't connect to the sewer," said Marchant.

This project has been 20 years in the making.

The plant is about 70% done and should be completed this spring.