published Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Cleanup continues at Monteagle sewer plant

Chief operator John Condra, left, and Jerome Blalock point out the ultraviolet treatment equipment, left, and aerators in the new Monteagle, Tenn., wastewater treatment plant. The facility was flooded Tuesday during heavy rains.
Chief operator John Condra, left, and Jerome Blalock point out the ultraviolet treatment equipment, left, and aerators in the new Monteagle, Tenn., wastewater treatment plant. The facility was flooded Tuesday during heavy rains.
Photo by John Rawlston.

Monteagle officials and work crews are continuing clean up today at the town’s new Wastewater Treatment Plant No. 3 after a malfunction sometime early Tuesday flooded the facility’s basement four-feet deep in wastewater.

Monteagle Mayor Marilyn Campbell Nixon said early today that crews first must clean up and disinfect the basement area of the plant before they can begin a full assessment of damage and search for the malfunction’s cause.

Meantime, crews at the plant are manually treating incoming wastewater according to state directives, Nixon said.

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation officials said Tuesday that full electrical power could be restored once an assessment is done on damages and repairs are made. The basement of the new plant is where control panels, ultraviolet disinfecting equipment and other electronics are housed, officials said.

about Ben Benton...

Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...

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