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February 9, 2013

Sewage plant online, not owned by Chesterfield yet

$7M project has been in operation since mid-November

CHESTERFIELD, Ind. — The new Chesterfield Water Treatment Plant is operational. But it’s not owned by the town just yet.

The more than $7-million, two-year project has been up and running since mid-November, providing service to about 800 Daleville residents and 1,000 Chesterfield residents, said Chesterfield Water Superintendent Dustin Bennett.

A few tweaks and adjustments are still needed at the control center before ownership can be transferred from the contractor to the town, said Chesterfield Town Council President Jack Taylor.

“It works great,” Taylor said. “There are still just a few little odds and ends that need to be resolved. We didn’t have as much rain as we wanted last year, so that’s been one of the factors.”

The plant project was started in 2011 to relieve the Anderson sewage system and allow Chesterfield and Daleville residents a more efficient system. A low-rate contract Anderson had with the adjacent towns expired, and Chesterfield officials decided to build a separate plant instead of pay higher rates with service from Anderson.

The new control center of the plant features a supervisory control and data acquisition system and three variable frequency drive controlled pumps with a rated capacity of 2,000 gallons per minute each. The plant processes about 500,000 gallons a day, Bennett said.

“It’s a step toward breaking away from dependence on Anderson,” Bennett said.

The structure was built by contracting companies R.E. Crosby and Atlas Engineering, and because of the remaining issues, the contractors technically remain in ownership of the facility. Taylor said the contractors are responsible for the final adjustments necessary. When they’re done, the town will take ownership.

What does that mean for Chesterfield and Daleville residents? Not much, yet, Taylor said.

“Not much will change except that we expect rates will go down,” Taylor said. “We think it will eventually lower water rates by 15 to 20 percent.”

Taylor has called the project the most significant community issue in years and made its completion and oversight a key component of his 2011 re-election agenda. Taylor has served on the council for more than 13 years.

Taylor said he is hopeful the transfer of ownership will be done soon, but there’s currently no timetable for that to happen.

“We had originally planned on Dec. 18, but that didn’t materialize,” Taylor said.

Town treasurer Deborah Dunham said a town meeting is set for March 4, and the treatment plant is expected to be a major topic. She said she had no other information about the plant.

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