ELLSWORTH — Patricia Aho, commissioner of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), on Friday toured what she described as the “incredible” new wastewater treatment plant on Bayside Road, which replaced the old plant on Water Street.
Aho noted that the DEP worked closely with the city on the new plant. She said it will mean better water quality in the Union River. The fact the new plant also accepts septage from outside sources, Aho said, is an “economic boon” for the area.
Wastewater Superintendent Mike Harris, one of the city officials who accompanied Aho on the tour, made a similar observation in his most recent annual report. Harris said he hoped the new facility would “satisfy a need in our community as well as generate some needed revenue for our department.”