Construction began in September on new sewer (and water) lines to service 27 homes and 1 church west of the City of Austin along Turtle Creek. The area was originally part of Austin Township and was annexed to the City of Austin in 2014 in order to provide water and sewer services to the area. The project originated from the Cedar River Inventory completed in 2010. The Cedar River Inventory was a septic system survey conducted by Mower County. Seventeen homes in the area were found to have untreated sewage discharging to a ditch and eventually to Turtle Creek. CRWP wastewater facilitator Sheila Craig worked with residents over the past three years to explore solutions and funding opportunities. Ultimately, the community decided to be annexed by the City of Austin and receive sewage treatment from the City.
Approximately 50% of the cost of the project was covered through a state grant from the MN Public Facilities Authority. Homeowners are being assessed the remainder of the cost of the sewer project. Cost for the water services is being borne entirely by the homeowners.