Honesdale’s new $17.2 million wastewater treatment plant is finally being built. Meanwhile, behind the scenes repair and maintenance continues to the existing sewer plant, including a cleanup costing over $31,000.


 Honesdale’s new $17.2 million wastewater treatment plant is finally being built. Meanwhile, behind the scenes repair and maintenance continues to the existing sewer plant, including a cleanup costing over $31,000.
Dan Guinther, plant operator, said that the company hired to clean out the plant digesters found great amounts of rags. He said that people send all sorts of stuff into the sewer system that should not be sent. This includes articles of clothing, towels and plastic bags.
He reported on the issue at the Central Wayne Regional Authority board meeting Monday night.
Discarding such items down the toilet can damage the home sanitary system as well as do damage to the sewer treatment plant, and wear down its efficiency. Guinther said that this practice helps drive up the costs of maintenance and thus the sewer bills people receive, he told The Wayne Independent. The digesters were last cleaned out a decade ago.
In a digester, microorganisms are used in the absence of oxygen, to break down biodegradable material in wastewater. Guinther said that the head works in the sewer plant, which were designed almost 50 years ago, did not stop the rags. Their consultant Edward Pietroski, from Entech Engineering, said that at a new, properly run plant, a digester may need cleaning only once every 20 years.
In June, the board accepted a low bid of $31,600 from P&H Senesac Inc., Fairfax, VT, for cleaning of two digesters at the plant.
While on the subject: CWRA received an initial payment of just over $22 from Wayne County Probation. This is a portion of $550 restitution that the Court had ordered after two inmates in the old prison, decided to tear up their uniforms and flush them down the toilet. The orange overalls caused damage to the sewer system.