Grinder at wastewater plant needs to be replaced


LIVERMORE FALLS — After sewer trustees voted last week to use $60,000 toward a treatment plant repair, Jay selectmen are expected to consider the issue at their meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, June 14, at the Jay Town Office.

Livermore Falls owns the plant, and Jay and Livermore Falls share the cost of maintaining and operating it. Both towns will need to figure out where the remaining $100,000 to $140,000 will come from to replace an in-line grinder that removes solids such as rocks and rags.

Livermore Falls is looking at getting a bar rack or screen to remove solids to 1/4 inch so they don’t go through the system. Jay and Livermore Falls would split the cost 54/46 percent, respectively, based on sewage treated at the plant.

The cost is estimated between $160,000 to $200,000, including a building over it.

The grinder was installed in 1998 when the plant was upgraded, Sewer Department Superintendent Greg Given said. It was rebuilt in 2009.

“I don’t know how we’re going to get the money. All I know is we’ve got to get it done,” he said of the repair.

Given said he is willing to give a tour to anyone who wants to see the plant.

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