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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Sewer authority survey slated

  • - An official updated township supervisors on Monday night about a project that will connect property owners in White Mills to the Central Wayne Sewer Authority's wastewater treatment plant.
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    - An official updated township supervisors on Monday night about a project that will connect property owners in White Mills to the Central Wayne Sewer Authority's wastewater treatment plant.
    John Haggarty, vice chairman of the authority, said surveys will be sent to each property owner to gather information, which will be used in an effort to obtain grants.
    The project stems from studies, conducted as late as 2009, that showed 76 percent of 281 septic systems were failing in the village.
    The goal of the authority is to obtain the maximum amount of grants and low-interest loans to finance the project.
    Grants, when available, are commonly given to projects showing the greatest need. The surveys will document that need, according to Haggarty.
    Supervisors Don Doney and Alan Wickle asked how much the project will cost. Haggarty replied that he had no ballpark figure but the authority wants to make it as economically feasible as possible.
    The authority estimates that survey, design, permitting, funding approval and construction will require three to four years, Haggarty said.
    He said the surveys should be completed by the fall.
    The information gathered from the survey will be used for project design and to determine the updated percentage of malfunctioning systems in the area.
    Water testing will be done to see if there are any contaminated water sources and be submitted to the state Department of Environmental Protection.
    The authority plans on installing the property owners' lateral and grinder pump with a connection stub within a few feet of the property structure.
    The owner will be responsible for the tapping fee, which has yet to be determined, any internal plumbing and electrical work, and the remaining connection from the stub to the structure.
    Page 2 of 2 - The grinder pump is automatically activated and runs for short periods. Electrical consumption of the pump is low - a household that uses 250 gallons of water per day should use less than 10 kilowatt-hours per month to run the pump.
    When the project is near completion property owners will be given written notice of the time frame for their connection to the authority's system.
    Haggarty also addressed what can be done with old septic systems once a property is connected to central sewage.
    Tanks, if accessible, will need to be pumped out.
    If the tank is metal it must be removed and the area to be filled back in.
    Concrete tanks will need to be pumped out and either removed or the tops can be broken and the tanks filled with sand.
    In other business, the township will advertise to reestablish its planning commission.
    The township has been without a five-member commission since October 2012, when every member resigned after a disagreement over an ordinance.
    A planning commission plays a role in giving advice and providing recommendations to a governing body regarding issues such as land use and community development.
    Since the resignation of Texas' commission the Wayne County planners have overseen the township's planning issues.
     

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