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Wastewater Project

PADAUThe Borough of Kutztown, under the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit (NPDES), is required to remove phosphorus from the effluent (treated water) of the Wastewater Treatment Plant. 

Located off of Krumsville Road and Route 737, the Borough’s current Wastewater Treatment Plant (sewer plant) was built in 1939, and it has outlived its useful life. 

Over the years, the Borough has invested in maintaining the plant; however, investing additional funds will no longer provide a meaningful return on the life or use of the plant to serve the Borough’s current and future needs.

The Borough recently invested $1,100,000, from fund reserves, to install a PISTA Grit Removal System, which removes grit, prior to treatment, to improve the efficiency of the treatment process.

The next phase is to implement improvements in compliance with the DEP NPDES Permit limitation, along with other improvements that will enhance the operation of the Kutztown Wastewater Treatment Plant.

To ensure that the quality of service and the quality of life in the Borough of Kutztown is maintained, this project will cost an estimated $6,000,000, and it will be funded by a 30-year bond issue.

 •  Add phosphorus removal equipment and a
    chemical buildling

 •  Make flood proofing improvements to the
    Wastewater Treatment Plant

 •  Add UV Disinfection to eliminate the need for
    chlorine disinfection and sodium bisulfite, for
    removal of the chlorine, after disinfection

 •  Demolish the existing control, garage and
    maintenance buildings and replace them
    with more efficient buildings

 •  Add an Influent (raw sewage) Screen Enclosure    

 •  Add an Emergency Generator

 •  Provide for Engineering and Design

* Costs have been estimated by SSM Group, Inc.