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City sewer system needs upgrade

By Staff | Jun 12, 2011

Have you ever wondered what happens after you flush your toilet?

Last Monday the Blue Earth City Council had a close look at just what happens after that flush during a tour of the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

The council members held a work session at the plant before their regular monthly meeting.

What they found at the treatment plant wasn’t always so pretty.

“The plant was built in 1965,” says public works supervisor Jamison Holland. “It actually works quite well, but there are some issues with it.”

Some of those issues mean expensive replacement of old equipment or worn away concrete structures.

For instance, Holland explained that the bottom set of metal rollers on one of the digester lids have actually rusted loose and fallen to the bottom of the tank. In another case, he showed the council the iron gates that are so old and rusted into place that they are not used any longer.

“The gates are not actually necessary, so we have not replaced them,” Holland says. “But there are other items that do need to be replaced.”

He presented a punch list of those items that need fixing or replacement for the council’s information.

To see more of this article, see this week’s Register