Meetings set on Walla Walla infrastructure plan

Four public gatherings will address plans for replacing water and sewer pipes and city streets.

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WALLA WALLA -- City officials have scheduled four public meetings to discuss the proposed Infrastructure Sustainability Plan, which if passed could increase water and sewer rates by more than 50 percent by the year 2015.

The Infrastructure Sustainability Plan was proposed by Public Works officials late last year. It calls for replacing 140 miles of city water and sewer pipes, along with the roads above them, over 93 years. According to city officials, 114 miles of those pipes are already at failing status, and in some cases sewer lines are known to be leaking next to potable water lines.

The first public meeting is schedule for Feb. 18 at 5:30 p.m. at The Center At The Park, 720 Sprague St., Jefferson Park.

Other public meetings are scheduled for March 4 at 6 p.m. at the Walla Walla Housing Authority gymnasium, 501 Cayuse St.; March 18 at 7 p.m. at Walla Walla Community College Conference Center, room 185, 500 Tausick Way; and April 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Whitman College Reid Campus Center Ballroom, 280 Boyer Ave.

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