Here’s an update on the Mary’s Lake treatment plant in Estes Park, from Juley Harvey writing for the Estes Park Trail Gazette. From the article:
Marys Lake Water Treatment Plant has negotiated an agreement with the Upper Thompson Sanitation District (UTSD) for the discharge of 15,400 additional gallons of discharge and has received a January invoice from the UTSD.
The anticipated completion date for the Marys Lake plant is April. The Town is operating a temporary 1-million-gallon-per-day water treatment plant through completion of the project. Utilities Director Bob Goehring told the Utilities Committee at last week’s meeting at the Municipal Building that the Marys Lake Water Treatment Plant’s additional backwash discharge capacity will double — from 2 million gallons a day (mgd) to 4 million mgd. The waste treatment discharge will increase from 4,600 gallons a day to 20,000 gallons per day at capacity, requiring .5 percent more treatment, up from 1 percent to 1.5 percent. A change in treatment technique to membrane filtration is included. Goehring noted that the discharge from the Marys Lake plant mostly involves filtered dirt from the water and is not the UTSD’s typical discharge. According to the intergovernmental agreement for wastewater treatment, the user rate for metered customers will be charged at the current rate at the time of billing. The current 2009 user rate for metered customers is $6.25 per 1,000 gallons, with an additional quarterly access charge of $5.25 per month.