Princeton Town Administrator Marla Ashworth has been authorized to apply for a grant to create reports needed for the Princeton Water and Sewer Rehabilitation.
Commissioners, at the March 6 meeting, gave approval for Ashworth to apply for a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a preliminary engineering report and, if needed, an environmental report.
Ashworth will seek up to $30,000 for the reports, which would be funded at no cost to the town.
“We will take the preliminary engineering project and use it as an application for the project,” said Ashworth.
Tyrus Sutton, Draper Aden Associates senior project engineer, presented the rehabilitation proposal.
The estimated total rehabilitation cost is $919,057. There are nine construction projects being proposed by Sutton.
“It’s understood that the current wastewater treatment plant is having operational difficulties with the grit removal device,” said Sutton. “The town wishes to upgrade the current manual bar screen to a mechanical type unit and the town wishes to pursue various water and sewer system upgrades.”
The towns of Princeton and Pine Level have been discussing a joint water and sewage venture.
Pine Level Mayor Jeff Holt told Commissioners last November that Pine Level has completed a $3 million improvement, including a renovation of its water and sewage plant and plans to drill another well to increase its water capacity.
Ashworth said the first three proposed projects are important for a future relationship with Pine Level.
“They all address needs that will make our wastewater treatment process more efficient and effective,” said Ashworth. “One of the problems to be addressed is inflow and infiltration into the sewage collection system.”
Inflow occurs when storm waters flow directly into a sewer line. Infiltration is the seepage of grand water into the sewer lines.
“Both of these will carry storm water into the wastewater treatment plant, taking up treatment capacity,” said Ashworth. “ Repairing sewer lines and manholes will lower the volume of inflow and infiltration.
Ashworth said the proposed work at the wastewater treatment plant, estimated at $392,400, would remove bulk debris that won’t break down organically and more efficiently remove course sand and grit that can be destructive to the mechanical components of the treatment process.