The Kinzua Warren County Joint Authority is holding a special public meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday to discuss ongoing work and routine maintenance at the wastewater treatment facility on Kinzua Road.
Innnovative Construction and Mechanical (ICM) is installing new stainless pipes for the steel air delivery system to aerate the wastewater, and will repair some corrosion in the tanks, according to Thomas Eaton, owner of ICM.
He said the tanks need the repair, and by doing so while the tanks are drained for other scheduled work, it saves money.
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The new stainless steel air pipes bubble air into the wastewater as is is moved around in two large tanks. Each tank measures 42 feet across and 16 feet high, holding a little over 177,000 gallons each. Pumping them out costs a fair amount of money, so making all necessary repairs when they are empty saves money.
Authority member Arden 'Bucky' Knapp said the work is routine maintenance.
The purpose of the meeting, which will be held at the Mead Township building, is to discuss the additional costs for the repairs.
David Wholeben, authority member and Mead Township supervisor, said the 12-year-old plant serves "around 1,100 units in all of Mead Township and Clarendon, portions of Pleasant Township on Chapman Dam Road including the campgrounds," and houses on Route 59 ending just below Kinzua Dam.
Al Fox, who is also an authority member and Mead Township supervisor, noted that the sewer lines run all the way to Sheffield Township, up Six Mile Road and out Farnsworth Road.
Wholeben added that the facility is in good shape generally, but, "We ran into other stuff that was wrong and needed fixing."
Fox said that the repairs were going to cost more than had been budgeted, so the authority had to advertise to stay legal and "keep things on the up and up."
"Everyone on the authority is concerned about the costs, and we're trying to keep it down. We have responsible people working on the authority, and most of us are customers. We're pretty careful with the money the authority spends," he added.
Wholeben said the repairs will bring the treatment facility back into good shape, so "we can keep it going as long as possible."