Greenville Board seeks outside review of water and wastewater plants

  • The Greenville Water Treatment Plant, located in Temple, will be examined by an outside engineering firm after the Greenville Select Board found multiple issues with the plant in early December. Staff photo by Ashley Saari

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 12/31/2018 1:06:21 PM

The Greenville Select Board has contacted an engineering firm to review the town’s water and wastewater treatment plants, after discovering several issues at the water plant earlier this month.

During a visit to the plant in early December, Select Board members Carla Mary and Maggie Bickford found several issues at the plant, including a build-up of sludge from the building’s sludge collector being down, and over-dosing of chemicals which was causing the facility’s filters to clog and machinery to overwork.

The town’s water facilities, as well as its wastewater facilities, are operated by Utility Partners, an outside contractor.

Greenville Town Administrator Tara Sousa said in an interview Friday the Select Board directed her to contact Underwood Engineering to request assistance with resolving the problems identified at the water plant. However, Utility Partners has since reported the issues identified have been resolved.

“It’s our understanding they have resolved those issues, and at this point, we don’t believe they need technical assistance to resolve that issue,” Sousa said. 

During its meeting Wednesday, the Select Board directed Sousa to reach back out to Underwood Engineering, to revise the scope of the work. Now, the engineering firm will do an outside review of the plant, and will also do a review of the wastewater plant, which is operated by the same company.

“The situation has evolved and now we feel the specific needs for engineering are different,” Sousa said. “Now, we’re looking for a quote for a more comprehensive review of both plants.”

The Select Board, in previous board meetings where Utility Partners management was present, has brought up the possibility of Utility Partners paying for outside review of the plants. Utility Partners did not indicate one way or the other whether it would be willing to cover the costs at that time, Sousa said, but she will be approaching the company about the possibility of paying for the review, once the town receives an updated quote.

Initially, Underwood Engineering gave the town a quote of $5,000 to assist with the resolution of issues at the Water Treatment plant. 

Sousa said if Utility Partners agrees to pay for Underwood’s review, she has been authorized to approve the work. If Utility Partners will not pay for Underwood’s review, the Select Board will review the quote during its meeting on Jan. 9.


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