Willsboro looks to solve sewer plant issues

Willsboro Supervisor Edward "Ed" Hatch

Willsboro Supervisor Edward "Ed" Hatch Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— The town of Willsboro is hoping to prevent what could be a stinky situation.

Town Supervisor Ed Hatch said the town has started to create a plan to update and repair the wastewater treatment plant, which has been working for almost two decades without a rest.

“The plant has not been shut down in the past 19 years,” Hatch said. “They ended up not adding a second processing unit to the plant because they did not have the extra space at the time. We have had various problems that have occurred recently, and we need to do something.”

Hatch said they had several engineering companies look at the plant, with several recommending the creation of a new facility.

“One of the firms talked about building an emergency system,” Hatch said. “We decided to go with that as well as go in and repair all of the systems and make sure that everything is up to date. The plan is to finish fixing the current plant and then go onto the next stage, which will look at expanding the plant and putting on that second unit.”

Hatch said the town is seeking state funding for the second unit.

“We are applying for funds to address the excess water problem infiltrating the plant,” Hatch said. “If the system were to become overloaded and break down, sewage sludge would enter the Boquet River, and we would be heavily fined by the state.”

Hatch added the town is working on an emergency plan at the plant.

“It includes the creation of a portable unit to help run the plant in emergencies,” he said.

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