THE HUNTER REPORT
WATER TREATMENT PLANT EXPANSION
The City of Loudon will be conducting a public meeting on April 18, 2011, at 6:00 P.M. at 201 Alma Place, Loudon Tennessee 37774 to provide information about Loudon applying for two Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Loans in the amount of $5,000,000.00 each to expand the Water Treatment Plant and Raw Water Intake and discuss the resulting impact on monthly water bills.
Questions prior to the meeting should be directed to Larry Joe Dockery at 865-966-1000.
- HIGHER WATER BILLS LIKELY
BY: PAT HUNTER
Do you read Public Notices in the classified section of the newspaper?
Just in case you missed this one, the City of Loudon's Public Notice appeared in the Knoxville News Sentinel classified
section. The notice informed readers how Loudon City is applying for two loans ($5 Million each) to expand the
Word on the street, the expansion is needed for an industry, same as before.
The meeting is scheduled to be held on Monday, April 18, 2011 at Loudon City Hall.
Please pass the word to Loudon Utility Board customers.
Hugh G.Willett firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
The Loudon Utilities Board will ask the city of Loudon to approve $10 million in revolving fund loans to help pay for $17 million in upgrades to its water treatment plant.
A public meeting is scheduled for April 18 at the Loudon Utilities Board headquarters in Loudon, according to a published notice.
The meeting's purpose is to discuss applying for two $5 million Drinking Water State Revolving fund loans to expand the water treatment plant and raw water intake.
Upgrades to the plant will increase the capacity from 14 million gallons per day to 20 million gallons per day, according to Larry Joe Dockery, pipeline engineer with Jacobs Engineering of Oak Ridge.
Jacobs has been contracted to design the plans for the facility, Dockery said. The total cost of upgrades will be about $17 million, he noted.
Meg Lockhart, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation spokeswoman, said Loudon Utilities Board is required to upgrade its water treatment capacity.
"It is my understanding their average daily production was at 76 percent of their treatment capacity. We require upgrades at 80 percent of treatment capacity," Lockhart said.
According to Lockhart, the rule governing upgrades says that whenever a public water system reaches 80 percent capacity based on average daily usage, the supplier of water shall immediately obtain the services of a competent engineer to prepare plan documents for expansion of the system.
According to the public notice, the meeting also is expected to address the upgrade's impact on monthly water bills.
Loudon Utilities Board General Manager Lynn Mills was unavailable for comment. Mike Lambert, finance manager for the utility, said he could not comment about the effect on ratepayers.
Lenoir City Utilities Board recently faced a similar water treatment challenge. The cost of a state-mandated upgrade of the water treatment capacity has been estimated at up to $12 million. LCUB has been under a Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation commissioner's order to increase its wastewater treatment capacity.
In 2007, LCUB announced a major rate adjustment that would have increased the cost of water and wastewater treatment for business and residential customers 33 percent by this year.
One of the reasons given for increasing the rates was the need to make payments on a $13.5 million state loan to build a new wastewater treatment facility.
Hugh G. Willett is a freelance contributor to the News Sentinel.
SOURCE: KNOXVILLE NEWS SENTINEL