Wastewater plant tours to be given Saturday
The Washington Wastewater Treatment Plant will have an open house on Saturday, June 22.
Tours will available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a brief program at 10 a.m., said Washington city administrator Brent Hinson.
“This is a sight not generally accessible to the public,” Hinson said. “We will have the entrance off of Highway 1 open and access to the plant from West Buchanan Street.”
A couple of things are being used at the plant from the previous one, Hinson said.
“We kept the one million gallon lagoon,” Hinson said. “We also kept the trickling filters, which became the sludge tank.”
Wastewater plant superintendent Fred Doggett has been working for the City of Washington since 1985. He’s been the wastewater superintendent since 1988. He said having the new equipment at the facility is great. The technology from the previous plant was from the 1950s and was getting to be about 60 years old.
“It makes a world of difference,” Doggett said. “We went from 1950s technology to 2010 technology.”
Doggett said that since the new plant has opened the city has eliminated several bypass points in the city during heavy rains. The new plant can handle 6.4 million gallons of water every day.
The public will be able to see the plant’s new technology, all of the buildings, and the treatment equipment during the open house, Doggett said.
As reported in The Journal in the Dec. 26, 2012, edition, the cost of the wastewater treatment plant was about $15 million dollars. Construction on the plant was finished a year ahead of time because of 2012’s warm summer. The plant began to treat some waste last summer.