Accepting septic waste at city plant great idea

SEWAGE AND WASTE ARE not everybody’s favorite topic, perhaps, but they are a part of everyday life – as is the task of disposing of it.

Plymouth Utilities and city officials have done an excellent job of fulfilling that task over the years, and now they have found a way to add some income for the utilities and the city.

The City Council last week approved rates to accept septic system and holding tank waste from surrounding rural areas at the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

It’s a service the utilities hadn’t offered on a regular basis in the past, but they began accepting septic waste on a trial basis about a year ago.

That trial proved successful, as Plymouth Utilities collected around $83,000 in additional revenue for providing the service.

With that as evidence, the utilities proposed and the council approved rates for accepting septic tank and holding tank waste at the plant on a regular basis.

It’s a service that is already being provided at a number of other wastewater treatment facilities in the area, such as Hingham, Howards Grove, Kiel and Sheboygan, to name just a few.

That will prove beneficial in many ways.

For septic haulers in the western part of the county, it will provide a closer destination for their waste at competitive prices with other facilities – which means they and their customers can save money on the cost of hauling and getting rid of their waste.

It will enable the utilities to ensure that the treatment facilities at the plant are being utilized to their fullest, which is optimal for all.

And perhaps best of all, it provides Plymouth

Utilities with additional revenue, revenue it will not have to raise from its existing sewer customers in the city of Plymouth.

The more money the utilities can make from this service, the more efficiently it can run the operation and the less support it will require from customers in the city.

“Having this revenue will hopefully help us delay raising rates for sewer,” for city residents, City Administrator/Public Works Director Brian Yerges told the council. That’s good news for city residents.

Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent Mike Penkwitz and his staff deserve credit and thanks for coming up with the proposal to accept septic and holding tank waste.

Many good ideas in organizations of all kinds often come from the bottom up, as it were, and this is just another example of that.

City officials deserve credit as well for fostering an atmosphere where such beneficial ideas can be brought forth to be tried and proven.

And the City Council deserves credit for endorsing the proposal in their ongoing effort to save city taxpayers and residents money whenever they can.

Who would have thought that something to do with sewage and waste could end up smelling this sweet?


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