Wastewater Treatment Plant Construction May Start by Summer

ELLSWORTH — Construction on the city’s new wastewater treatment plant may begin as soon as this summer, officials said at the Jan. 11 regular council meeting.

Brent Bridges, vice president of Woodard & Curran, which is the engineering firm handling the project, said he anticipates completing the plant’s design this spring. Then the firm would seek approval from the Ellsworth Planning Board.

The new plant, which will be located off Bayside Road, should be operational by the end of 2011, Bridges said.

The plant is being designed to accommodate 1.1 million gallons of flow a day. The existing plant on Water Street can handle 600,000 gallons a day.

Revenue generation is a key issue with the new plant so that the city is not relying solely on user fee increases.

Smaller wastewater facilities in the region have a need for laboratory services, which the new Ellsworth plant may offer, Bridges said.

Proposed Wastewater Treatment Plant

Location: Site off east side of Bayside Road near Tinker Hill Estates

Cost: $16.3 million. Grants total $8.5 million. Low-interest loans comprise $7.8 million

Capacity: 1.1 million gallons of flow daily

Anticipated Completion Date: end of 2011

Engineer-Woodard & Curran

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