The City of Sheridan Utilities Department presented a Water and Wastewater Treatment Assessment Overview at the City Council Work Session in the 3rd Floor City Hall Council Chambers Thursday. Utilities Engineer Chris Knodel provided background information on the three drinking water facilities and the wastewater treatment facility. He, Mayor Kinskey, Counselors John Bigelow and Steve Brantz, as well as those in the audience discussed a looming dilemma.
By late fall of 2013, the departments must meet federal mandates set by the Environmental Protection Agency to address the best practice in controlling cryptosporidium in drinking water, a micro-organism that, if not kept at bay, can cause illness and even death. The two options are to either install Ultra Violet lights, or to upgrade the system that is already in place that controls turbidity levels in the water. Knodel explains the pros and cons of each option.
Obviously, cost will be the deciding factor in which choice to make. Knodel says they are always looking into finding grant monies to assist with their projects. The 10-year Capital Needs summary for all the facilities is estimated to be $27.3 million, or an average of $2.73 million per year.
Most people would agree that Sheridan's water is some of the purest around, but Dan Miller, the City's Public Works Director, says they take very seriously the EPA mandates.
On the wastewater side of the spectrum, Knodel tells us what the priority is at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Two more work sessions on this issue will be held; the next is set for Wednesday, December 9th.