Greenville approves septage plan


By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 10:50 am on Monday, June 24, 2013

GREENVILLE — The Greenville City Council approved a septage plan that would allow the city to receive and treat septage from haulers.

During Tuesday’s Greenville City Council meeting, the council received a presentation regarding the septage plan, how it would benefit the city and more.

City Manager George Bosanic said haulers take septage to a facility where it can be treated. However, according to state law, haulers are required to dispose of the septage in an approved community that is willing to take it within the area.

“Both the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and the city’s environmental legal counsel have reviewed the plan and support it,” Bosanic stated in a narrative to the council.

The city would be able to hold the septage in a primary tank at the Waste Water Treatment Plant. The tank is currently not being used because of influent loss.

The tank is 60 feet long, 20 feet wide and 8 feet deep and can hold 71,800 gallons of waste, septage, leachate or water.

Bosanic said the idea is to pump between 4,000 and 6,000 gallons a day to begin with, and then work towards processing once the city can see how the plant performs.

This would be available to haulers within 15 miles of the city. Haulers within 25 miles will be able to call and see if there is room available for the septage.

“There are several reasons why we would like to accept septage and included in these are, it is our job to do what we can to protect the environment and one way is by accepting and treating septage wastes,” states the proposal. “But, probably the largest at this point, is because the plant superintendent (Shawn Wheat) sees it as a means of earning additional revenue to assist in maintaining our plant and personnel numbers, so we can better serve the citizens of Greenville and those whom use the waters of the Flat River for recreation and other uses.”

Bosanic said revenue made from this project would go to help offset the cost of the plant, which, in the end, would help to reduce rate increases.

Councilman Lloyd Scoby asked if haulers had other options, which might prevent them from using Greenville’s facility.

“Yes, but other (options) are more expensive,” Wheat said

Other options include contractors hauling the septage farther away, or disposing it in an approved field, which are timely and costly.

Because the City Council approved the septage plan on Tuesday, the city will be moving by taking steps like prepping the primary tank and securing contracts.

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