Huttonsville PSD seeking plant expansion

Wastewater rate increase would pay for $4 million project

HUTTONSVILLE — The Huttonsville Public Service District has recently applied for a wastewater rate increase, in order to pay for a $4 million wastewater plant expansion.

“The PSD has been directed by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection Agency to reduce our ammonia nitrate levels in the discharge from the Wastewater Treatment Plant that discharges into the Tygart Valley River,” a press release from the Huttonsville PSD this week states.

“The current plant is not capable of meeting the new standards due to the fact it was designed originally for the Huttonsville and Mill Creek area, and is now receiving wastewater from the Valley Bend, Dailey and East Dailey area,” the release states.

“The plant will need a $4 million expansion in the form of a 30-year loan in order to accommodate the amount of sewage entering into the plant, as well as tighter discharge levels on ammonia into the Tygart Valley River,” according to the release.

“The ammonia levels are controlled by small bugs that destroy ammonia. Our present plant configuration and capacity prohibit this from happening. We will be adding Bio-Domes to house the bugs so they can better do the work necessary to meet the new standards set forth by the DEP.”

PSD officials say the project is currently in “the engineering and loan securing phase.”

“We anticipate that this project should take two to three years for completion,” the release states.

If the rate increase is approved, it will affect anyone who has a sewer tap with the Huttonsville PSD.

Any Huttonsville PSD wastewater customer with questions about the rate increase is asked to call the Administrative Office at 304-335-2035.

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