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The Utah Water Quality Board has authorized a loan of more than $11 million to Cedar City to finance construction of a new wastewater treatment plant.

The city's current plant is nearing its capacity of 2.2 million gallons per day, and local leaders want to build a new facility west of the existing plant to provide for treatment needs through the year 2014.The new plant would have a capacity of 4 million gallons per day, the water board said Friday in a news release.

The $11.1 million loan from the State Revolving Fund was authorized at 2.75 percent interest for 20 years. Cedar City will contribute $400,000 up front to the project.

Other authorizations approved by the board include a $965,000 Utah Wastewater Loan and an $840,000 EPA Construction Grant to the city of Aurora in Sevier County to finance a new wastewater collection and treatment system.

The community now has no sewer system and is experiencing some failures of on-site septic systems, the board said.