Albion will double its efforts on sewage-eating insects | Albion new era
ALBION – The more the merrier.
On August 9, the Albion City Council approved a request from Wastewater Department Superintendent Terry Forker to double purchase sludge-eating “bugs” to be placed in Cell 1 of the three-lagoon treatment system. .
Forker was given permission to purchase an additional $15,000 worth of bugs to reduce the mud level at the bottom of Cell 1.
The city is in the process of installing aeration discs in the bottom of cell 1. The discs will rest on the sludge that is on the bottom of the lagoon, so it is crucial to get rid of as much of it as possible before placing the disks.
A little while ago. The water temperature must be above 50 degrees for the bugs to work. Before the fall temperatures dropped the water below that level, Forker asked for bugs now.
“We want to hit the bugs really hard to eat that slime,” Forker told the board.
“It makes sense to hit hard now while it’s effective,” Councilman Darold Smolinske said.
The Cell 1 aeration work will hopefully help the city achieve a consistent level of ammonia that meets Indiana Department of Environmental Management guidelines.
At the Aug. 9 meeting, Forker reported that workers had installed a new 12-inch inlet pipe that will allow waste pumped into the system to spend more time in that first pond.
The original pipe had ruptured causing sewage to remain in Cell 1 for a shorter period before entering Cell 2.
Forker has also received permission from the council to purchase 12 radio readouts for its water utility, which allows remote meter readings instead of having to go door to door.
Most of the city has been equipped with the new technology. Forker wanted to order more to prepare for future growth.
Timing is an issue, as readings are not readily available.
The last batch he ordered in April has yet to arrive and he wanted to place his order for 12 more at a cost of $2,425.
“I just want to keep my inventory,” Forker said. “I want to stay one step ahead.”
Forker said he already had enough readings for the new construction of the village of White Oaks.
The council also allowed Forker to restock its brass truck with the materials needed to connect the water pipes to the houses.
The cost to resupply the truck was $4,245, which will be enough to connect approximately 10 additional homes to the city’s water system.