Wastewater Treatment Plant
“Klaatu barada nikto.” If you come upon the Wastewater Treatment Plant from the woods of the Province Lands, you may spend an astonished moment thinking you’ve discovered an alien spacecraft that landed in the early 1950s. (Be sure to say that phrase to Gort if you see him in the woods; otherwise, he’ll destroy Earth.)
Instead, what you’ve found is the dome of the sequential batch reactor, completed in 2003, where both mechanical and biological processes are used to remove and chemically alter the human waste contained in the liquid “influent” that has been pumped here from the town’s sewer system.
After settling further in an adjacent outdoor tank, the treated water, or “effluent,” is released into discharge fields along Route 6. The sludge that remains after being run through filters, baffles, aerobic bacteria and anaerobic bacteria is trucked away. Because of the extraordinary swing in the town’s population from winter to summer, the flow into the treatment plan can vary from 60,000 to 400,000 gallons a day. (Its maximum capacity is 575,000 gallons a day.) The plant is not operated by town employees but under contract with Woodard & Curran of Portland, Me.
The $4 million plant was constructed on the site of the old burn dump. The engineers were Metcalf & Eddy (now Aecom). Carlin Contracting was the builder. • Map • Assessor’s Online Database PDF ¶ Posted 2013-08-18