Regional Wastewater and Septage Study Public Open House

posted Jul 28, 2009, 12:06 PM by Tim Swezey   [ updated Jul 28, 2009, 12:08 PM ]
Summary of meeting:
  • Commercial septage haulers providing service within the Borough currently haul collected septage to Anchorage for disposal at the Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility
  • Revenue is lost hauling septage from the Vally to Anchorage
  • The Alaska State Legislature wants to fund ONE regional waste water treatment facility in the valley not one for each incorporated entity
  • The best locations are on prime real estate 
  • The regional waste water treatment facility will drain into the Mat-Su River, it will not be allowed to drain into the Hay Flats Wildlife Refuge
  • Regional waste water treatment facility is planed for 4 million gallons per day which should meet the needs of the valley for 25 years.


Below is a flyer scanned in using optical character recognition
 

MATANU5KA-5U5ITNA BOROUGH

Regional Wastewater and Septage Study

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

                1.             How is the regional study related to the upgrades that the City of Palmer and City of Wasilla

are already considering?

In January 2009, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Regional Wastewater and Septage Study project team began looking at ways to provide the Borough, City of Palmer and the City of Wasilla with feasible alternative solutions to their wastewater and septage disposal needs. The team has gathered information on current and future wastewater and septage flows and quality, treatment processes, sites for expanded or new wastewater treatment facilities, and a new septage and leachate receiving station (commercial septage haulers providing service within the Borough currently haul collected septage to Anchorage for disposal at the Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility [AWWU] Turpin Street septage disposal station). For more information, visit the Borough's Web site: wW1.matsugov.us/publicworks/, click on "Project Management and Engineering," then click on "Project Highlights/Engineering Highlights" and scroll to the bottom of the page.

LINKS TO PDF'S ON Project Management and Engineering page:

Files are also attached to this page

Independent of the Borough's regional study, the City of Palmer and City of Wasilla are working to bring their wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) into compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) regulations .

·             For information on the City of Palmer's plans, please contact

Public Works Director Carter Cole at 745-3400 or ccole@palmerak.org.

·             For information on the City of Wasilla's plans, please contact

Public Works Director Archie Giddings at 373-9010 or agiddings@ci.wasilla.ak.us

                2.             Who is involved in the study?

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough is the lead agency working with the City of Palmer and City of Wasilla on the study. The lead contractor working on the study is Hattenburg Dilley & Linnell. The subcontractors are HDR Alaska and GV Jones.

                3.             What entity will make the final decision on which alternative is selected?

The study will be used by the City of Wasilla, City of Palmer, and the Borough to decide if joining together to construct and operate a regional wastewater facility or entity is feasible. A consensus among governments would be required to move forward with the regional concept should it be deemed feasible and cost effective to the rate payer.


                       

            4.          When will the study be complete?

The study team anticipates that a draft study will be available in late August 2009. The Borough will host a public open house to discuss the draft study's findings, answer questions, and obtain public input. The final study is scheduled to be complete in October 2009. Depending on the outcome of the study, the Borough may choose to set up a regional wastewater authority, similar to AWWU. This could be used to oversee wastewater treatment plants located throughout the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

            5.          If a regional facility is deemed feasible, where would it be located?

Preliminary study findings suggest that a new septage and leachate receiving station would be co­located with a regional WWTP, whether that is an expanded plant located at the existing City of Palmer WWTP, or a new regional facility located near the Glenn-Parks interchange (somewhere between the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center and the CPP gravel pit). The City of Wasilla has been ruled out as a location for regional septage receiving due to the availability of land near its existing WWTP. Once a more detailed evaluation of treatment processes has been performed, a cost analysis will be conducted to determine the projected cost of tipping fees at the septage and leachate receiving station.

            6.          If a new regional wastewater and septage facility is built, what would happen to the

wastewater treatment plants in Palmer and Wasilla? Isn't it a big waste of money for the City of Palmer and City of Wasilla to be making upgrades to their plants right now when a new regional facility might be built?

The upgrades to the City of Palmer and Wasilla plants are necessary as near-term solutions to address compliance issues with the EPA and ADEC and are happening independent ofthe regional study (see question/answer #1). If the Borough builds a new regional facility, the individual city plants would most likely be closed down after the regional facility is constructed, which would be a long-term project and could take 10 or more years from now.

            7.          I'm a property owner near the City of Palmer wastewater treatment plant. If the Palmer plant

is expanded to become the regional facility, what kinds of impacts would the expansion have on water quality, view shed (aesthetics), air quality, traffic, and the water table?

This question would best be answered by the City of Palmer. Please refer to the Palmer WWTP fact sheet or contact Public Works Director Carter Cole at 745-3400 or ccole@palmerak.org.

            8.          Will the regional study evaluate how a regional facility would handle increased population if

the Knik Arm Bridge is built?

The study began with two population projections-one if the Knik Arm Bridge is built and the other if no bridge is built. The regional study is proceeding with the "no bridge" population projection. If the bridge is built, the dates that proposed improvements would be viable for will change. The improvements would be designed as modular "units" so that expansion of the treatment plants and conveyance lines could be easily accomplished.

            9.         How do I comment on the study? How will my comments be used?

We welcome your comments throughout the regional study. They will be reviewed by the project team for consideration and could help shape the studis content. Please submit your comments along with your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address (in case we need to follow up with you) to:

Wendy Longtin, Public Involvement Coordinator

            MAIL:                HDR Alaska, 742 5 Alaska St, Palmer, AK 99645

            PHONE:           745-4129 (HDR Alaska Palmer Office)

            E-MAIL:            wendy.longtin@hdrinc.com

 

 


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