Spring City Borough Council plans to upgrade the municipality’s 76-year-old wastewater treatment plant.
This upgrade, predicted to cost roughly $4.8 million will
keep the plant up to date with Department of Environmental Protection regulations, according
to Phoenixville News.
This is one of many upgrades the plant has undergone over the decades; three years ago, council started to plan for the changes when the DEP prevented new development in the area.
“We could not approve any new residential or commercial development because DEP determined that our plant was over capacity,” said Councilman Michael Hays, according to the Phoenixville News. “Additionally, we knew that new regulatory limits on phosphorus and total dissolved solids were looming in the not-to-distant future. The borough could face future penalties for non-compliance.”
The upgrades will improve water quality discharged into the Schuylkill River, and will increase capacity in the plant to 600,000 per day.
The borough will apply for a loan to help fund the project through the United States Department of Agriculture.