People flush things into the sewer system that shouldn't be there,
and that causes problems at both the wastewater treatment plant and
at lift stations throughout the system.
It's a problem that officials with the Monticello Utility Commission
has been dealing with quite a bit, and they hope that they have found
The Monticello Utility Commission met on Wednesday, July 3 and
agreed to advertise for equipment that will help with that solution.
MUC employee John Cooper brought information to the commission
during the meeting, which includes the construction of a concrete
pool at the wastewater treatment plant and installation of equipment
that would screen out pieces of debris that the system cannot handle.
The pool would also be used by contractors who pump private septic
systems for homeowners.
Waste would go into the pool and then be filtered through a screen
system that would keep trash from going into the plant. Debris would
be compacted, removed and placed in a dumpster for disposal.
Cooper said he is unsure of the total cost at this point.
He did receive an initial quote from a company, but added that the
project has to be bid by the MUC.
He added that much of the installation of equipment can likely be
handled by utility commission employees. They would require an
electrician to handle all the wiring issues.
Cooper said this process should prevent pump damage that has
occurred at lift stations in the system, as well as at the plant.
Anytime a pump is damaged it means a costly repair.
The utility commission has also spent a lot of money on chemicals to
help take care of some of these problems as well.
The only other business discussed during last week's meeting
involved the notification of customers about boil water advisories.
MUC Manager Scott Upchurch said he had been asked about a system
that would actually call customers to inform them they were included
in a boil water advisory.
At this time the MUC uses local media and social media to provide
information to customers.
He told commissioners he would look into other systems that could be
used to make calls to customers.
Upchurch said he would bring that information back to the commission for a decision.