Repairs at sewer plant underway

By: Kathy Ito, Colfax Record Correspondent
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City Manager Bruce Kranz reported at last week’s council meeting that the sewage treatment plant is operating normally with Pond 3 water levels now four feet below the spillway. “Last month Pond 3 came within one inch of spilling directly into Smuther’s Ravine,” Kranz said. “That’s why we sought California Regional Water Quality Control Board’s permission to reinstitute the old treatment plant to divert excess water.” Both plants were necessary to process almost two million gallons of wastewater per day during recent storms, he continued. The daily capacity for the new plant is 0.5 million gallons. “Because the emergency action was a violation of the settlement agreement with the Edwards, the city will need to pay $50,000 for sending clean water down the ditch,” he told the council last Wednesday. Any discharge that does not come from the new plant directly violates the terms of the agreement, he added. With a break in the wet weather, Kranz noted gunite repairs to a damaged ditch are finally underway. The repairs will divert hillside runoff from entering Pond 3. Kranz told council he’s hopeful repairs would be complete before the next council meeting, scheduled for April 27. In other business, council: · Approved placement of a memorial bench for former city police chief Bill Mintline. The bench will be located on the east side of the library. · Agreed to use Placer County work release participants for a variety of maintenance projects within the city limits.