Waste Water Plant Improvement Underway

Service Specialties from Winchester is installing a bar screen at the waste water treatment plant on KY 8.

The bar screen will remove larger items like trash – rags, baby wipes, feminine hygiene products and other materials that should not be flushed – that clog up sludge pumps at the plant.

It was costing the utility department a minimum of $3,000 for a service call to pull a clogged pump, according to Utility Manager Darin Spence. The cost was $3,000-$6,000 a month with parts and repairs for as much as $72,000 a year.

The bar screen had to be specially made for the plant and cost $210,000. However, it could pay for itself in less than three years.