Council discusses wastewater plant issues

EDINBURG – Town Council discussed issues with the town’s waste water treatment plant and outdated language in the town code at its monthly meeting Tuesday.

Mayor Dan Harshman explained some recent developments at the plant.

“The chlorine contact tank has been pumped out,” he said. “We installed an additional metal weir above the old one to increase the retention time in the tank. … We had another problem with our two routine monthly total coliform tests for September. The health department said they only received one, although EEMA (the company that manages Edinburg’s plant) said two were sent. There does not seem to be any type of chain of custody protocol.”

Harshman also explained new testing requirements that will affect the town in the future.

“The new water testing that will be required as part of the EPA’s long term two enhancement surface water treatment rule – we’re going to be required to either test for e. Coli at least once every two weeks for a 12-month period starting in October 2017 and if the annual mean e. Coli concentration is greater than a certain amount, we will be required to test for cryptosporidium. Or we could choose to just test for crypto and wait to start the testing in April 2019.”

Also, a new water treatment equipment purchase was made.

“We had to order a new finished water turbidity meter for the wastewater treatment plant,” he said. “It was discovered that we weren’t getting an accurate reading. … The unit could not be fixed and we had to order another one at a cost of $3,957.41 plus the cost of shipping.”

Council also passed a motion removing an ordinance from the town code regarding the concealed carry of firearms. The town’s current language in that ordinance does not adhere with state law.

Contact staff writer Nathan Budryk at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or nbudryk@nvdaily.com.