Stories of 2019: Greenville’s water treatment plant woes

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 1/2/2020 12:00:54 PM
Modified: 1/2/2020 12:00:33 PM

Issues with the Greenville’s water treatment plant found at the very end of 2018 had the town entering the new year considering changing their contracted management company.

In December of 2018, members of the Select Board visited the town’s water treatment plant, and found there was a buildup of sludge in the system, a lack of maintenance and potentially other problems caused by over-dosing of treatment chemicals clogging the system's filters.

The issue was resolved by the end of the year, but the Select Board expressed dissatisfaction with Utility Partners, the company that provides management of Greenville’s water and wastewater plants, over the issue.

Utility Partners manages public works, water, wastewater and billing for municipalities in the United States and Canada. Utility Partners has run Greenville’s sewer and water treatment facilities since 2012, according to Selectwoman Carla Mary. Their most recent contract was for $501,323 annually for the operation of both water and sewer facilities.

In January, they sought quotes from other management companies to compare to Utility Partners, but ultimately the quotes they received would have resulted in rate hikes for water and sewer users that the board felt the townspeople wouldn’t be able to sustain.

The board also considered consulting an outside engineering firm to review the facilities. The town did have a consultant from the Department of Environmental Services tour the plant following the clean-up, and ultimately followed his recommendation that a further outside review was not necessary. 


Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT. 


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