HAMILTON, NJ -- Members of the Hamilton Township Council spent part of their Saturday studying sewage and wastewater treatment to see the operations at The Hamilton Township Department of Water Pollution Control (WPC) up close. The 81-year old regional wastewater treatment facility with a capacity of 16 million gallons per day (MGD) services more than 100,000 residents in both Hamilton and Robbinsville townships.
Council President Rick Tighe told TAPinto Hamilton/Robbinsville exclusively that the group was “provided a first-hand look at the facility needs and improvements that need to be made.”
The tour of was led by Carrie D. Feuer, P.E., Director of the Hamilton Township Department of Water Pollution Control, provided a full education of the facility and its operations.
Councilwoman Nancy Phillips noted the importance of ensuring that the plant is operating “efficiently to meet changing environmental standards and be a leader rather than treading water.”
“We need to look at the long-term vision for Hamilton,” said Phillips. “When you go see the conditions at the plant, some of which have been band-aided and some parts that have been in use more than twice it’s intended use, we need to plan for where we want to do from here.”
She added that there could be potential to build upon existing efforts such as reusing methane to fuel the plant or looking at solid waste as a fertilizer.
The use of the facility by neighboring Robbinsville residents has been under scrutiny in the last year to ensure that a fair rate is being paid by all consumers. A study convened by Hamilton and Robbinsville mayors will begin soon to determine appropriate equity in the tax rates paid by residents of both towns for sewer services.
“We are looking at documentation and moving forward in a fact-based manner so that issues are resolved to everyone’s satisfaction,” said Tighe.
“The facility is essential to our community and it was clear that there are really good people working there,” added Phillips.
The regional wastewater treatment facility serving its residents and Robbinsville that operates under a joint sewer agreement since 1976. The sewage is ultimately treated at Hamilton’s Water Pollution Control plant before being discharged into Crosswicks Creek.
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