The design of the facility was completed in October of 1991. After regulatory and funding agency approval and securing permits, the project was bid in January 1992. H.E. Sargent of Stillwater, Maine began construction in May 1992, and initial facility startup began in November 1993. Maine began construction in May 1992, and initial facility startup began in November 1993.
collected in the District's system in Mars Hill and Blaine is pumped to the
treatment facility from the Mill Street Pump Station, located at the site of the
old primary treatment plant. The station has two 50 HP 8-inch horizontal self
priming centrifugal pumps, each with a pumping capacity of 1,050 gallons per
minute. An emergency diesel fueled, stand by engine allows continued operation
during power outages. wastewater is pumped to the treatment system via a 10 inch
diameter, 2,400 foot long force main. As part of this project, a new pump
station was also provided at Silver Street.
The treatment system consists of a headworks facility for screenings and grit removal; a three cell aerated facultative lagoon; a 32 million gallon effluent storage lagoon; and a disinfection facility utilizing sodium hypochlorite and sodium bisulfite for chlorination and dechlorination. The aeration system for the aerated lagoons and storage lagoons consists of blowers and fine bubble polyethylene plate diffusers. The aerated lagoons and storage lagoon are provided with high density polyethylene synthetic liners.
The operations building includes a control room for monitoring the treatment process and the pump stations, a laboratory, a blower room, a garage and offices for district personnel. The facility is designed to treat an average annual daily flow of 270,000 gallons and up to 1.6 million gallons per day to accommodate peak flows.
Project Costs and Funding
The total cost of the wastewater project including construction, land acquisition, administration and technical services was approximately $5.3 million. The construction cost was approximately $3.9 million. The project was funded by state and federal grants from the Department of Environmental Protection and the Farmers Home Administration (FmHA). Long term financing of the District's share of the project cost is being provided by a loan from the FMHA.
The Mars Hill Utility District