Comment

“we respectfully request the District take the time to thoroughly investigate other technologies and strategies capable of meeting the legitimate needs for certainty in securing fresh water supplies and and wastewater disposal options over the next decade before committing any resources toward pursuing or financing infrastructure or regulatory authorizations supporting a surface water discharge permit as proposed in the Report.”

Response

1. The District has always, and will continue to consider treatment technologies and strategies for disposal. However, the discharge to the Gallatin River is needed to provide a disposal method that is not reliant on third-party agreements, high pressure pump stations, a single 7+ mile pipeline, or large storage reservoirs. Surface water discharge is needed to provide the resiliency and redundancy necessary in all critical water infrastructure systems.

2. The Phase 1 MBR project is not infrastructure supporting a surface water discharge permit, it supports all potential reuse efforts.