Rapid City Council goes over partnership of sewer service with Summerset

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Rapid City Council will discuss a proposal to partner with Summerset to provide sewer service.

The two cities are asking the council to approve a study to decide if it's financnially beneficial for both communities to have Summerset waste water treated in Rapid City. Every five years, Rapid City reaches out to nearby cities to understand what utility services they may need. Currently, Rapid City has wastewater treatment deals with six other nearby cities.

"It's an economy of scale if you will. Certainly the city of Rapid City wastewater treatment plant has been in business for a number of years and we do have additional capacity for expansion. I believe the city of Summerset right now is out of capacity in their existing facilities so it makes sense to take a look at it this time," says Rapid City Public Works Director.

If the council agrees to move forward with the study, it will begin in 2019.