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Work on wastewater treatment plant source of smell in New Castle

Heidi Rice
Western Garfield County Staff

NEW CASTLE ” Let’s just say it doesn’t smell like a rat in town.

The odor that has been permeating downtown comes from recent work on the town’s wastewater treatment plant.

“We just finished a big upgrade on the sewer plant, and we’ve been getting the bugs worked out,” said New Castle Town Administrator Steve Rippy. “There are different phases of treatment, and we’re in the last phases with the digester, which handles the final waste product.”



The problem originated with the installation of the new equalization basin.

Because most New Castle residents work out of town, the peak flow times for sewage are early in the morning and evening.



“The wastewater treatment plant was designed to have a constant flow,” Rippy said. “We struggle with huge flows in the morning that peak again in the evening.”

To even it out, the equalization basin was placed on the treatment plant to provide a more consistent level of treatment. New Castle is prone to power surges, and if a power outage occurred at night, the pumps turned off and there was no flow ” hence the stench.

“It took us quite a while to work the issues out, but I think we’ve solved the problem,” Rippy said.

Phew …

Contact Heidi Rice, 625-3245, ext. 102

hrice@postindependent.com


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