Work on wastewater treatment plant source of smell in New Castle |

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

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Glenwood Springs and Garfield County make the Post Independent’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.

For tax deductible donations, click here.

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User


Aspen Santa Fe Ballet to dissolve company, launch fund to support dance

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is dissolving its dance company, the nonprofit announced Monday citing challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. It will launch the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Fund for Innovation in Dance and continue education programs in its Colorado and New Mexico dance schools.

See more