Sunbury Wastewater Treatment Plant Supervisor Dale Wampler said Senate Bill 1 will impact wastewater plants statewide with new orthophosphate testing requirements.
“We’ll have to start orthophosphate testing December first,” Wampler said during the Services Committee meeting Nov. 2. “We already test for total phosphates; we’ll have to test orthophosphates one time a month, and there will be a little cost.”
Wampler also noted that Senate Bill 1 also talks about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s concern about ammonia levels in wastewater.
“The U.S. EPA is going to start dropping ammonia levels,” Wampler said. “That will add on to our electric bills. E. Coli standards will also be changing. These are just little changes, but things change all the time in EPA requirements.”
Sunbury Mayor Tommy Hatfield said smaller wastewater plants like Sunbury’s are more challenged by EPA requirements than larger plants with larger budgets.
“For a small one-percent town, adapting to these changes is not going to be easy,” Hatfield said. “But these changes come at us all the time.”
Sunbury Village Administrator Alan Rothermel said the village’s current sewer rate schedule expires in December of 2017.
“It would be appropriate for us to do another sewer rate study,” Rothermel said.
Sunbury Street and Maintenance Department Supervisor Brad Gerwig said leaf pickup has been underway for the past three weeks, and the schedule, pick up map, and designated days and areas are on the village website at sunburyvillage.com.
“The only complaints we’re getting are people asking why we’re in their section on a day we’re not scheduled there,” Gerwig said. “Production is so good we’re hitting two and three sections each day. But if it’s on the schedule to be in a section on a given day, don’t worry we will be there.”
Gerwig said the village’s new leaf pickup machine is working great; and all leaves are disposed of at 1st Impressions for composting.
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093.