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Utility could take delivery of new camera truck in May

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In a short meeting of the Chesterton Utility Service Board on Monday night, Superintendent Dave Ryan reported that the Utility could conceivably take delivery of the new camera truck before the board’s next meeting, on May 20.

Ryan said that he’s currently arranging to have computer software delivered to the truck’s manufacturer.

The Utility ordered the truck in October, from Eco Infrastructure Solutions of Whitestown, Ind., at a cost of $190,943.60.

The current camera truck--as President Larry Brandt told the Town Council at its last meeting, before members voted to schedule a public hearing on Monday, May 22, on a proposed sewer rate increase--is some 30 years old and has become mechanically unreliable. It’s a vital piece of equipment, however, as the truck allows the collections crew to identify and pinpoint emerging problems and line failures.


In other business, Ryan reported that work continues on the application for the renewal of the Utility’s five-year National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

The NPDES permit governs and sanctions the operations of the town’s wastewater treatment plant.

Ryan said that the Utility will easily make the May 1 deadline to submit the application to IDEM.

Ryan also reported that the treatment plant’s UV disinfection system was prepared and tested and officially put on line by the required April 1 starting date.

March in Review

In March, Chesterton used 53.68 percent of its 3,668,000 gallon per day (gpd) allotment of the wastewater treatment plant; Porter, 60.12 percent of its 851,000 gpd allotment; the Indian Boundary Conservancy District, 71.94 percent of its 81,000 gpd allotment; and the plant as a whole, 53.68 percent of its capacity.

There were no bypasses of wastewater into the Little Calumet River last month, which saw 3.10 inches of precipitation recorded at the plant.

In March the Utility ran a surplus of $238,623.12 and in the year-to-date is running a surplus of $465,571.06.


Posted 4/17/2019




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