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New operator hired for wastewater treatment plant

A new operator has been hired for the Berkshire Pointe wastewater treatment plant near New Salisbury.
Bob Woosley of FMSM Engineering made the announcement late last Wednesday morning to the Regional Sewer District that Asbury Water Technologies has been hired. Woosley also gave a progress report on the plant that included the news that the lagoon has been abandoned and the discharge is being pumped into Spring Branch creek.
‘They have made tremendous strides in getting back in compliance and improving the situation,’ said Woosley.
Other improvements Berkshire has made, Woosley said, include installing a new bar screen, replacing diffuser drops, installing new ultrasonic flowmeter and flow-based blower controls, rebuilding the clarifier with new lift pumps, rebuilding skimmers and air supply piping, installing an air defuser in the final tank, servicing pumps and making miscellaneous repairs to tanks.
The completed work allows the plant to meet effluent limits. However, Woosley said, they have still not done everything required. They do not plan to install the equalization tank at this time, and they are still using chlorine disinfectant which is required to be changed, he said. They have spent about $100,000 of their $200,000 budget for the project.
In other matters last Wednesday, the Regional Sewer District:
‘ Learned that the Indiana State Water Pollution Board will make a trip south in the near future. Steve Hall of FMSM Engineering met with members of the pollution board, which is based in Indianapolis, and said they expressed interest in coming to Corydon for a meeting. The board wants to see first-hand the problems caused by sinkholes. It is a newly seated board and has no southern Indiana representation or sinkhole experience. The pollution board tentatively plans to meet the last week of October or in early November. The Regional Sewer District plans to make a presentation to the board.
‘They want to see your activities, challenges and what you (RSD) hope to achieve,’ said Hall.
The date and place have yet to be determined.
‘ Heard from Woosley that the easement with the property near the Harrison County Hospital has been acquired. ‘They are ready to issue notice to proceed to the contractor and expect to be done at the end of October,’ he said.
‘ Reported that members of the RSD made a trip to Spencer County to look at a wetland treatment system in Fulda. In response to Darin Duncan’s question regarding whether the long-term advantage of the wetland system has a low-operating cost, Woosley said cost and its environmental safety are the two main advantages to the system. The system does need ‘quite a bit of land’ to operate, he added. The 13,000-gallon-a-day system in Fulda requires about six acres.
‘The system appears to be doing its job,’ Woosley said. ‘It’s a system the district ought to give consideration to.’
Woosley said he knew of many areas in Harrison County where this system would work.