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1: Ulysses, population: 6,1002. Iola, population: 5,7003. Russell, population: 4,5004. Baxter Springs, population: 4,300 Louisburg, population: 4,300
Option 1 is to do nothing, which could eventually involve hefty fines levied on the city by KDHE and the EPA and/or revoking the City’s permits to operate the wastewater system. The EPA could also force the City to make upgrades at the EPA’s choosing, taking the decision away from the City.
Option 2 would be to modify the existing lagoons at a ballpark figure of $6 million.
Option 3 would be to build a mechanical wastewater treatment facility at a ballpark figure of $15-16 million.
According to the report, the City would face multiple violations for ammonia and BOD. Additional findings show areas of concern in not having 3-phase power at the South Lagoons, the reliability of the current equipment and nitrification bacteria loss in cold weather. Without 3-phase power at the South Lagoons there is no availability for back-up power if we have a major electrical outage. Nitrification loss means cold weather kills the organisms that break up waste so it’s much harder to treat the waste.
In addition, the report advised that there very likely could be further restrictions imposed by the EPA further decreasing acceptable ammonia levels and quite possibly placing restrictions on nitrogen and phosphorus limits in the near future. Our current system does not have the ability to meet those potential requirements.
The South lagoons were built in 1990 and consisted of 3 cells. In 2006 the site was upgraded with 2 additional cells. Currently the South lagoons can treat 0.60 million gallons per day.
The Larkin Lamp Rynearson staff gave the City a ballpark of $16 million but thinks it can be done for $1-2 million less. They based that figure on a plant similar to what we would need which they recently built in a Missouri city of similar size.
Per 1,000 gallon average cost for residential customers based on 4,000 gallon monthly use and additional sewer charges:
Louisburg $4.48 $17.90/monthOsawatomie $9.02 $36.08/monthPaola $9.55 $38.20/monthSpring Hill $10.40 $41.58/month
Detailed Information:Osawatomie – $4.33 user charge per month, $21.75 net capital charge per month and 25 cents/100 gallon Winter Average (December and January);Paola – $23 per month sewer service charge plus 38 cents/100 gallon Winter Average (mid-December to mid-February); andSpring Hill – $16.14 for first 2,000 gallon, $8.22/1,000 gallon thereafter and a $9 per month service charge.