Kellogg, Idaho deploys new Vactor truck to improve stormwater management

(UI) – According to, the City of Kellogg has purchased a new Vactor truck to “improve stormwater management with the goal of reducing phosphorus in the system.” CDAPress reported that the city received over $2 million from the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality in 2022 for the updates, with $550,000 allocated for equipment designed to prevent stormwater pollution in the Coeur d’Alene River.

The Vactor 2100i is described as a “combination suction and sewer cleaning vehicle” that will keep city costs low while protecting critical infrastructure. This includes a recent city-wide sewer system overhaul that saw the installation of a new Continuous Deflective Separation (“CDS”) to treat stormwater flowing to the aforementioned river. According to Kellog City Works director Mike Fitzgerald, the Vactor truck is “vital” to preserving the CDS infrastructure.

The Vactor truck has already proven itself as valuable; the equipment helped clear a storm drain in uptown Kellogg that often caused street flooding and dangerous road conditions in the winter. With the Vactor in tow, Kellog installed an underground drain to keep street flooding low with clearing the storm drain for upcoming weather.

The city spent approximately $200,000 combined in 2021 and 2022 to “clean out” the system, Fitzgerald said. He also asserted that the Vactor truck will “pay for itself in just a few years.”

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