The village of Carrollton's new sewage treatment plant was unveiled with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and media tour on Nov. 28.
The project was funded with grants and loans from multiple sources including a $2,660,000 grant and a $3,310,000 loan from the United States Dept. of Agriculture Rural Development, a $500,000 grant and a $500,000 loan from the Ohio Public Works Commission, a $500,000 CDBG grant, a $250,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission and $780,000 in village funds. Construction began in December 2010, and was completed in July 2012.
The plant is a technological marvel encompassing circulating tanks, conveyors, pipes and belt presses. A circulating tank and other existing equipment from the plant's 1978 upgrade were incorporated into the current infrastructure. Water & Sewer Superintendent Mike Leslie along with project engineers, Tom Voldrich and Thomas B. Gwydir, Jr. of CT Consulting, explained the inner workings of the four-hour process that transforms raw sewage into crystal-clear water. The plant, designed for 750,000 gallons per day, currently handles a daily average of 350,000 gallons.
Increased capacity has allowed installation of a septage receiving system that will allow septic cleaners access to the facility via key cards and automatic billing.