by Emily CannING-DEAN | REPORTER
Twinsburg — To expand waste water treatment services for Reminderville customers, the Summit County Department of Environmental Services might make use of the city’s waste water treatment facility.
Future homes planned in new developments such as Herrington Place near Aurora Shores will likely mean more than 600 new homes in the next couple of years, stated Reminderville Mayor Sam Alonso. DOES currently operates a waste water treatment plant in Aurora Shores that services 1,118 Reminderville customers, but as the village’s residential area expands, the plant likely will not be able to handle all the customers.
“We can service our current customers, but as more come into the area we would likely have to expand the plant and make some technology upgrades,” stated Mike Weant, deputy director of administration at DOES. “That is why we want to find out if it would be more cost effective to have a deal with Twinsburg to use their facility.”
Alonso stated he would support a partnership between DOES and Twinsburg.
Public Works Director Chris Campbell stated the city’s plant has more than enough capacity to treat the waste water from Aurora Shores. He stated the city’s plant has the capacity to treat 5.8 million gallons of waste water per day, but added that the plant currently treats an average of 2.94 million per day.
Weant stated DOES needs a capacity of 650,000 gallons per day for Aurora Shores customers. Campbell estimates that it would cost between $25,000 and $30,000 to treat the flow from Aurora Shores. The city spent $2.6 million to operate the Twinsburg plant in 2011.
If a deal goes through, Weant stated DOES would convert the Aurora Shores plant into a pump station and the waste water would be pumped to the Twinsburg plant on Ravenna Road.
Mayor Katherine Procop stated she thinks the proposed deal would be a good example of regional cooperation and could be a source of income for the city.
“We already provide service for some of the businesses in Twinsburg Township,” Procop said. “So it would be a small regional plant.”
Procop stated the city and DOES have not yet determined what the city would charge DOES for the use of the facility. She stated she hopes the two entities can reach an agreement by summer.
“We certainly want to have some hard numbers by then so we can determine if it makes more sense to expand our current facility or to partner with Twinsburg,” stated Weant, who added that DOES should receive cost estimates on an expansion of their Aurora Shores facility in the next three to four weeks.
If the city and DOES can reach an agreement by this year, the conversion of the Aurora Shores plant into a pumping station would likely start sometime in 2013 and would take four to six months to complete, Weant said.
Phone: 330-688-0088 ext. 3172
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