Improvements in progress at wastewater treatment plant

Mary Ann Kearns - [email protected]

More than $4 million in upgrades and improvements are underway at Maysville’s wastewater treatment plant, according to Utilities Manager Darren Garrison.

The project is being financed through loans and grants from the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority.

According to previous information from Maysville City Manager Matt Wallingford, the loan includes $1.3 million as a forgivable grant with the remainder as a low interest loan for improvements to the city’s sanitary sewer plant.

The city’s wastewater treatment plant, located on Kentucky 8, is about 20 years old and due for upgrades, Wallingford said. It treats 10.5 million gallons of wastewater annually, according to information from KIA.

“We had it in our cross hairs several years ago,” he said. There was some thought to including it in the combined sewer project, but it was later determined the upgrades could wait, Wallingford said.

City officials learned the project had been funded about 18 months ago and the project is well on its way with an expected completion date of February 2019, Garrison said.

The project includes improvements to better accommodate additional flows that are created by the elimination of some sewer overflows in the system. The system is currently under a state consent judgment from the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet to provide wet weather flow modifications to the plant. The upgrade will improve service to 2,552 households upon completion which is scheduled for March 2018.

Garrison said the clarifier required by the state has been installed. Other upgrades include installing new pumps and cleaning wells, he said.

Once the project is complete, the plant will be in a position to serve the city for several years into the future, Garrison said, with some minor adjustments.

“Capacity wise, we’ll be pretty well set for several years,” he said.

The KIA loan is repayable over 20 years at a .25 percent interest rate. The system serves 3,683 residential, commercial and industrial customers.

Mary Ann Kearns

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