The Chico City Council heard, then tabled an idea Tuesday that would hook up a proposed town of paradise sewer project to Chicos treatment plant.
In a short presentation, Paradise Vice Mayor Jody Jones said the proposed system could send about 1 million gallons of water per day to Chicos treatment plant, providing anywhere from about $260,000 to $910,000 annually in revenue if Chico sells the treated water. The potential revenue is higher during a drought, when water districts downstream on the Sacramento River are looking for water. The treated water is dumped into the Sacramento River.
The preliminary cost of the project, proposed for Paradises commercial district only, is about $26 million, not including maintenance, Jones said.
Paradise is the largest incorporated municipality west of the Mississippi River without a sewer system, which restricts business opportunities, she said.
Paradise officials are looking to get started on an environmental document in the fall and the purpose of the presentation was to ask if Chico would be interested in a partnership in the first place.
The Paradise proposal would run a closed sewage line from the Paradise town limits parallel to the Skyway, then connect with the citys sewer system in southeast Chico.
The Chico City Council was cautious and wanted more information. Mayor Mark Sorensen said there are developments in the Chico General Plan that should factor into any decision.
Councilwoman Tami Ritter wanted to know more about the background and history of Paradises sewer endeavors. The other Chico council members also hesitated to give a solid yes or no.
Jones clarified that Paradise was not seeking any funds but wanted to introduce the subject to Chico before going forward with the environmental document. If Chico is interested, Paradise would pay for the study, she said.
The Chico Council members unanimously agreed to put the idea on a future agenda so the possibility could be explored in more detail.
After the presentation, Jones said it would take about five years of studies, design and funding requests before the project would even break ground, and 20 years before it was completed, if everything went smoothly.