Clarkdale dedicates $5.3 million wastewater plant

The new facility will produce 350,000 gallons of A+ effluent each day. VVN/Jon Pelletier

The new facility will produce 350,000 gallons of A+ effluent each day. VVN/Jon Pelletier

The Town of Clarkdale dedicated its new wastewater treatment plant Oct. 29, the culmination of a project that will recycle more wastewater at a higher quality.

Utilities Director Wayne Debrosky said the dedication could be looked at as the finish line in an effort that has lasted more than 25 years to bring a new facility to Clarkdale. The new facility will produce 350,000 gallons of A+ effluent each day.

"Our old wastewater treatment system was a limiting factor for development and commercial businesses locating to the town," Debrosky said in an email. "It is also another step in the Town's desire to be a sustainable community."

The previous facility is 35 years old, produced Class B effluent, and treated about 150,000 gallons of wastewater per day.

With a new wastewater treatment capacity that brings businesses and developers to the area, tax and other revenues will increase and the town can fund infrastructure improvements.

"The upgraded effluent quality presents the town with many opportunities for various types of reuse, effluent sales to contractors for use in construction, and the most important benefit would be for the A+ effluent to be used for recharging the aquifer," he said.

Clarkdale paid for the improvements with a $5.5-million Water Infrastructure Finance Authority loan. The third of five planned rate increases to pay for the loan will go into effect in mid December.

Residents are currently paying $38 each month for sewer, a rate that will go up by $5. Because the project was completed below the total offered loan amount, a fifth rate increase may not be necessary or could be reduced.

If all five rate increases are needed, the rate for each customer would be $53 per month.

"Usually these rates stay in effect until the loan is paid off," he said.

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