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Funkstown wastewater treatment plant completed

July 03, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

FUNKSTOWN - ARRO, an engineering and environmental consulting firm out of Lancaster, Pa., announced Tuesday the completion of a new $3.1 million wastewater treatment plant in Funkstown that will improve water quality and help meet new national pollutant discharge limits.

Operational since May, the new plant will use two sequencing batch reactors, an aerobic digester, preliminary screening and ultraviolet disinfection in order to meet more stringent permit requirements set as part of the efforts of the Chesapeake Bay Strategy.

The strategy requires treatment plants to decrease nitrogen and phosphorus loading to receiving streams that ultimately flow into the bay.

ARRO led the design and managed the construction of the new 200,000-gallon-per-day plant, which uses a batch reactor process to improve the quality of water discharged into Antietam Creek and helps the town meet new National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit limits.

Callas Contractors submitted the winning bid in the fall of 2006 for $3,186,500.

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The new plant replaces an aerated lagoon, which was built to serve the town in the mid-1960s.

The conversion to a batch reactor plant will give the municipality the ability to reclaim the area now occupied by the old lagoons for another land use such as a park, project manager Katie Hyp said.

The quarterly water rates for in-town residential water users of up to 6,000 gallons is $35.77. Anything above that usage level is $4.70 per 1,000 gallons, according to figures provided by the Town of Funkstown effective Jan. 1, 2008.

The quarterly in-town residential sewer rates for the same usage levels is $65.15. Usage of more than the 6,000 gallons is $9.16 per 1,000 gallons of water, according to figures.

The quarterly water rates for out-of-town residential water users up to 6,000 gallons is $47.76. Anything above that usage level is $6.28 per 1,000 gallons, according to figures.

The quarterly out-of-town residential sewer rates for the same usage levels is $87.04. More than the 6,000 gallons is $12.26 per 1,000 gallons of water, according to figures.

Both in-town and out-of-town residential users pay $7.50 per quarter per unit for the bay restoration fee.

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