Wastewater finds new use

Published 11:24 am Friday, March 16, 2012

AHOSKIE – Thanks to its new, state-of-the-art wastewater plant, the Town of Ahoskie will be able to deliver highly treated reclaimed water for other uses.

At their meeting here Tuesday, members of the Ahoskie Town Council approved a resolution that sets up a rate structure for the reclaimed water system.

“This resolution is set up by the state that sets some rough guidelines for what fees can be charged when we get to the point of having completed this reclaim water project,” Town Manager Tony Hammond told the Council.

Hammondsaid this particular project will be paid for by grants from the Clean Water Trust Fund and the STAG (State and Tribal Assistance Grants) program.

That funding will pay for a line running from the wastewater treatment plant onJohnny Mitchell Road, northwardup the right-of-way of the railroad track to the bank of the Ahoskie Creek. From there the line will go to the Ahoskie Creek Recreational Complex where the highly treated wastewater will be used to irrigate the athletic fields.

Additionally, the line will transverse toVidantRoanoke-ChowanHospital. There the reclaimed water will be used in their chilling towers.

Hammondsaid the line will also feed irrigation devices at the town’s all-purpose field located adjacent to the Town Gym; the Ahoskie Police Department;AhoskieElementary SchoolandHertfordCountyHigh School.

To cover the costs of operation and equipment,Hammondsaid a rate of $2.25 per 1,000 gallons will be charged to those using the reclaimed water (the town is excluded from that fee). The rate becomes effective immediately upon the start-up of the reclaimed water system.




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Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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