Epping proposes $2.9 million upgrade to wastewater treatment plantBy JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent
January 12. 2018 9:29PM
EPPING — The town is proposing a $2.9 million upgrade to its wastewater treatment plant as part of a plan that will allow it to increase the amount of septage delivered to the facility by septic companies.
The plan that will be considered by voters in March calls for the construction of a new septage receiving facility at the plant.
The building would have equipment to take septage from trucks that was pumped from septic tanks at homes. The septic companies that deliver to Epping pay by the gallon to unload the septage, which the town then treats and discharges, Dennis Koch, the town’s public works coordinator, said at a selectmen’s meeting this week.
Water and sewer commissioner Mike King said the town discharges “almost drinking water quality effluent” into the Lamprey River.
According to Koch, the new facility will have a metering system to better measure the amount of septage it’s processing and a “de-watering” unit to take many of the solids out of the wastewater, allowing the town to then process a “weaker liquid.”
Koch said the town would be able to take an unlimited amount of septage, but realistically, he said the goal is to accept about eight million gallons a year.
Town officials said the project will not be funded through taxes.
Koch said the town expects to pay for the upgrades using the revenue generated by the septage fees and a “slight increase” in the rate charged to the trucks delivering the waste.
Septage accounts for approximately 50 percent of the wastewater treatment plant’s revenue while the rest comes from fees charged to residents and businesses using town sewer, he said.
Koch insisted there is no plan to raise sewer rates. “We’re looking at no sewer user rate increase to fund this project. It will all come from the increase in septage dollars that we receive,” he told selectmen, who voted to recommend voters approve the project.
The project would be funded through a 20-year bond, with yearly payments of about $168,000.