CHAMBERBURG, Pa. -- The cost of complying with Chesapeake Bay Strategy requirements for reducing nitrogen and phosphorus levels at the Chambersburg wastewater treatment plant could be between $10 million and $25 million depending on which of four options are eventually adopted.
The Chambersburg Borough Council on Monday reviewed a draft of an Act 527 plan that looks to address the issue of nutrients entering waterways that feed into the Chesapeake Bay. The council authorized the borough to advertise the draft for public comment.
Whichever option the borough eventually adopts, it is supposed to be operational by 2013, said Sewer and Water Superintendent Carl Rundquist.
The plant also serves Guilford, Greene and Hamilton townships, all of which are trying to reach an intergovernmental agreement on how to comply with a consent degree from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. The department imposed a temporary moratorium on new development in the borough and townships in 2007 because the system was occasionally overwhelmed in periods of heavy rain.