Hagerman anticipates 'the largest wastewater project that we've ever seen'


September 7, 2023

Jake Clemens

A look inside the wastewater treatment plant - after going through the digester tank where bacteria aid the natural decomposition processes, the water rests in clarifier pools where slow moving booms skim grease and other floating material as sediment settles on the bottom for removal.

Petersburg can expect the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to enforce a higher standard for wastewater discharge in a forthcoming permit that would call for expansion, testing, disinfection and treatment upgrades to meet criteria defined by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

The price tag for the system to disinfect the wastewater discharge is currently estimated to be around $10 million - making it "the largest wastewater project that we've ever seen" if, or when, it is set in motion.

Utility Director Karl Hagerman says right now, Petersburg does not disinfec...

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